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President Patil to discuss defence, energy coop with Russia

india Updated: Sep 01, 2009 20:24 IST
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A range of bilateral issues including defence and energy cooperation will top the agenda of President Pratibha Patil's talks with the Russian leadership as she visits Moscow on Wednesday as part of the 'Year of India' celebrations in the country.

During her five-day state visit, Patil will discuss issues like defence and energy during her talks with President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Indian Ambassador to Russia Prabhat Prakash Shukla said in Moscow.

"The President's state visit will be part of overall engagement with Russia within the Year of India and a whole range of bilateral issues would be discussed during her one-to-one and delegation-level talks with President Dmitry Medvedev and Premier Vladimir Putin," he said.

Shukla said defence and energy cooperation are key components of the bilateral cooperation and will naturally be discussed.

"However, no detailed discussions on specific defence issues would take place," he said when asked if she would take up the issue of delay in the delivery of Gorshkov aircraft carrier and its cost escalation.

On Thursday President Patil, after laying wreaths at the tomb of Unknown Soldier, will proceed to the Kremlin for a ceremonial welcome, to be followed by tete-a-tete and delegation level talks with her host President Medvedev.