To further consolidate their strategic partnership, India and Russia will be inking several pacts ranging from defence to civil nuclear sectors worth over $10 billion on Friday during Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin's visit which will also see signing of the much-delayed agreement for aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov's cost.
Besides bilateral, issues of regional and international importance such as Afghanistan and Pakistan are also expected to be discussed prominently during the meeting between Putin and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh.
Putin will be accompanied by a "high-powered" delegation comprising several ministers and senior officials including
Deputy Prime Ministers Sergei Ivanov and Sergei Sobyanin. A 15-member business delegation from Russia will also be here
during Putin's visit.
Coming three months after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Russia in December 2009, Putin's India trip will
further enhance the bilateral technological and energy cooperation, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Vishnu
On the pacts, the officials said "supplementary agreements pertaining to costing and technical details of the
aircraft carrier will be signed."
Putin, who will arrive in New Delhi at midnight tonight, will call on President Pratibha Patil and meet UPA Chairperson
Sonia Gandhi during his brief visit of nearly 24 hours.
Asked if Putin and Singh will discuss Afghanistan, Prakash said they will hold talks on a host of bilateral and regional issues as both countries have "common concern" on the situation and agrees that sustained effort was needed by the international community to fight terrorism.