PM concludes Russia visit

PM Manmohan Singh left for home after concluding a three-day visit during which he attended the 12th annual Indo-Russian summit.

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2011, 13:17 PM IST

Moscow: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left
here for home on Saturday after concluding a three-day visit during
which he attended the 12th annual Indo-Russian summit and
witnessed inking of five agreements, including one for
technical assistance in joint production of 42 more frontline
Sukhoi-MKI 30 jets.

Singh, who held talks with President Dmitry Medvedev,
cleared the uncertainty over the Kudankulam nuclear power
project yesterday and said the first unit of the protest-hit
plant will be operationalised in a "couple of weeks" but India
and Russia did not sign any agreement on construction of the
third and fourth units.
The two countries signed a crucial agreement for
technical assistance in joint production of 42 more frontline
Sukhoi-MKI 30 jets, which was among the five pacts initialled
in the presence of Singh and Medvedev besides a joint
statement on Indo-Russian strategic partnership.

Russia also backed India`s bid for a permanent seat in an
expanded UN Security Council as well as its aspirations to
join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), while Singh
welcomed Moscow`s entry to the WTO.
Singh congratulated his counterpart Vladimir Putin on the
victory of his ruling United Russia party in the December 4
parliamentary polls, during their meeting.

PTI