Krishna to visit Russia next week

Last Updated: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 15:05

Moscow: External Affairs Minister S M
Krishna will visit Russia next week to finalise the non-
military cooperation agenda for the December Summit between
the two countries and co-chair an inter-governmental Joint
Commission on trade and other matters.

"Krishna will visit Russia on November 17-19 to attend
the 17th session of the Inter-governmental Joint Commission"
on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural
Cooperation, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander
Lukashevich said.

Besides co-chairing the Joint Commission session with
Russian Vice Premier Sergei Ivanov, Krishna will finalise the
non-military cooperation agenda for the Moscow summit next
month.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Russia on
December 16-17 to attend the Summit at the invitation of
President Dmitry Medvedev.

Krishna is also scheduled to hold key talks with his
Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Lukashevich said.

Addressing the Fifth Indo-Russian Business Forum in the
presence of Commerce Minister Anand Sharma yesterday, Russian
Vice Premier Ivanov announced that the first block of
Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu will be
commissioned by the end of this year.

He also said India will be the main Russian partner in
the commercialisation of the GLONASS, a space-based navigation
system to rival the US Pentagon-controlled Global Positioning
System (GPS).

According to earlier Russian media reports, during his
last month`s Moscow visit for the Joint Inter-governmental
Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation, Defence Minister
AK Antony had reached an agreement for receiving signals from
GLONASS military segment for precision guidance of Indian
missiles and aircraft.

PTI



First Published: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 15:05

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