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PM leaves for Russia on Sunday

PM Manmohan Singh leaves for Moscow on Sunday on a two-day official visit during which India and Russia are expected to sign a series of agreements.

india Updated: Nov 10, 2007 17:02 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leaves for Moscow tomorrow on a two-day official visit during which India and Russia are expected to sign a series of agreements, including a pact to jointly produce and manufacture a medium range military transport aircraft.

Singh, who once described Russia as a India's "tried and time-tested" friend, will have talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Monday in continuation of the annual India-Russia summit meetings which started seven years ago.

Ahead of Singh's second visit to Moscow in two years, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) met here on Thursday to approve a number of significant agreements to be concluded in diverse fields at the eighth summit.

Singh is expected to return home in the early hours of Tuesday.

Ways to improve bilateral trade, expand energy cooperation and finetune defence ties are expected to be outlined in the new pacts. Indo-Russian trade are below expectations and the volume was about 112 billion dollars with the balance of trade being in favour of Russia.

Bilateral cooperation in nuclear energy is expected to chart a new course during Singh's visit amid reports that the two countries will sign an agreement for building four more nuclear reactors in Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu. As per the existing Memorandum of Understanding, the ongoing nuke cooperation covered construction of two 1,000 mw nuclear reactors in Kudankulam.