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Patil leaves Moscow for St Petersburg

india Updated: Sep 05, 2009 16:29 IST

President Pratibha Patil on Saturday left in Moscow for St Petersburg, the former imperial capital of Russia, where she is expected to meet district officials and visit a school that teaches Hindi.

Patil, who arrived in Moscow on Wednesday on a five-day state visit to Russia, left for St Petersburg after holding extensive talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on regional and international issues and efforts to fight terrorism.

In St Petersburg, she is expected to meet the plenipotentiary representative of the President to the North-West District and visit a Russian school that teaches Hindi.

During her talks with the Russian leadership in Moscow, Moscow said that its ties with New Delhi were defined by the "special trust".

Patil, on her part, said "the time-tested relationship between India and the Russian Federation has been marked by continuity, trust and mutual understanding."

Noting that the economic relations have become the "cornerstone" of the bilateral ties, both countries agreed to raise the volume of the trade between them to $ten billion by 2010.

"Indeed, our friendship has stood the test of time as our two countries have come to each other's aid in times of difficulty," Patil said at a reception hosted by her Russian counterpart in her honour.