Nuclear deal with Russia to be inked in Dec

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi, Oct 20 | Updated: Oct 22 2008, 05:04am hrs
The stage is set for the inking of the civil nuclear deal between India and Russia, later this year when the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits New Delhi in December.

External affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, who held talks here ahead of the first official visit of Medvedev to India, did the necessary groundwork for the signing of the nuclear pact that envisages Russia building four more atomic reactors in Tamil Nadu. The pact, agreed on during a visit by former Russian president Vladimir Putin in January 2007 and initiated early this year, will follow similar pacts signed with the US and France.

This will be the third bilateral nuclear pact which India will sign after the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) lifted an atomic embargo against New Delhi September 6.