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Russian President Putin to reach Delhi for India-Russia summit

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Vladimir Putin, the president of the Russian Federation, will arrive today in New Delhi. India and Russia will hold the first 2+2 format dialogue that will include the situation in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the officials. 

According to the sources, the Russian President is likely to gift Prime Minister Narendra Modi the S-400 air defence system model. The agreements in defence, trade, space, technology, and energy are expected to be signed during the annual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Putin.

The Indian Government has a well-structured plan for the joint production of more than 500,000 AK-203 assault rifles with Russia to boost self-reliance in defence manufacturing.

In-depth discussions of the key regional and international topics will be discussed during the meet. The topics of discussions will revolve around the situation in the Asia-Pacific region and developments in Afghanistan and Syria, as well as exchange views on interaction within the SCO and Russia, India, and China (RIC), the Russian embassy has said.

The summit will showcase India’s concerns over cross-border terror and the fallout of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the joint statement will be issued after the summit reflect the several mentioned concerns. Further, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin will have a bilateral talk on the issue of Afghanistan and the two sides are coordinating on common concerns, the people said. 

“This partnership brings real mutual benefit to both states. Bilateral trade shows good dynamics; ties are actively developing in the energy sector, innovation, space, and the production of coronavirus vaccines and medicines,” the Russian President had said during a ceremony of receiving credentials from foreign ambassadors in the Kremlin on Wednesday.

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Wednesday took up the ₹5,100-crore project. The AK-203 rifles will replace INSAS rifles inducted more than three decades ago. “The approval reflects the paradigm shift in defence acquisition from buying (global) to Make in India. The endeavor also reflects the deepening partnership between the two countries,” said an official.

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