President, PM to visit Russia this year

Last Updated: Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 18:40

New Delhi: India and Russia will discuss strategic issues of bilateral cooperation, including defence, nuclear energy, trade and space, during the high-level visits by Indian leaders spread over the next five months starting with President Pratibha Patil.
Patil will pay a state visit in September followed by
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s trip to Moscow for the
India-Russia Annual Summit in December, Rajya Sabha was told
today.

The Summit will be attended by the Russian President,
Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur said while
replying to a question.

She said the 15th session of the India-Russia
Inter-Governmental Commission (IRIGC) on trade, economic,
scientific, technological and cultural cooperation, co-chaired
by the External Affairs Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister
of Russia, will take place in Moscow in October.

In October, the 9th session of the India-Russia
Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical
Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC), co-chaired by the Defence Ministers
of India and Russia, will also take place in Moscow, she said.

"During these visits, discussions will take place with
the Russian leadership on all strategic areas of bilateral
cooperation with Russia such as defence, space, energy
including nuclear energy, science and technology and trade and
economy," the minister said.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 18:40
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