India-Russia to work on civil nuclear ties

New Delhi, Jan 22 | Updated: Jan 23 2007, 05:30am hrs
In an attempt to push bilateral trade ties, India and Russia will work on their civil nuclear cooperation. The two countries will ink crucial pacts in strategic areas like defence and space. The agrrements will be signed during Russian President Valdimir Putins two-day India visit, beginning Thursday. Putin will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrationsan honour that will signal an affirmation of close and time-tested ties between the two countries.

Prime minister Manmohan Singh and Putin, who will be accompanied by a large business delegation, will hold talks on Thursday to reinvigorate multi-faceted ties in areas ranging from business, defence and energy to space and civil nuclear cooperation.

They will also discuss Iran's nuclear impasse, North Korean nuclear tests and the resurgence of Taliban in Afghanistan as well as its impact on the region's security, official sources said.

After the summit level talks, according to official sources, eight to ten agreements pertaining to the purchase of a new generation MiG aircraft, the joint production of a multi-role transport aircraft (MTA) and on setting up a joint venture in the energy sector are expected to be signed.

Joint Indo-Russian political declaration, a joint statement on continuation of civilian nuclear cooperation under which Russia will build four more additional nuclear power units at Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu, after the lifting of curbs by Nuclear Suppliers Group.