India and Russia may sign at least 18 pacts during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Goa visit for the 17th India-Russia annual summit meet later this weekend Kudankulam nuclear power plant. Among the highlights for pacts will be nuclear and defence cooperations, with Putin likely to inaugurate the third and fourth units of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant.
Cooperation in nuclear energy will be one of the central themes of the engagement, a Putin’s aide was quoted as saying by news agencies in Moscow. The annual summit between India and Russia will be held on the sidelines of the BRICS summit. Recently India has raised with Russia on the latter’s participation in a military drill with Pakistan days after the Uri attack in which terrorists killed nineteen Indian soldiers. India may insist on strong condemnation of international terrorism, if not cross-border terrorism during the summit.
The Russian president had recently said that BRICS is “determined” to fight the terror menace. The meeting between five countries will be a good opportunity to strengthen positions on important issues on international agenda. BRICS nations are determined to fight drug trafficking, terrorism and cooperation, he said.
While speaking on the nuclear cooperation, Vladimir Putin said the energy sphere played a vital role in Russian-Indian trade and economic cooperation and that Kudankulam is a major long-term nuclear power plant project. Vladimir Putin in scheduled to reach India today for the summit.