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Putin visits India to sign defense, nuclear deals

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has arrived in India for multibillion dollar defense and nuclear cooperation deals.

Putin, who arrived in New Delhi along with a high-ranking delegation on March 12, is scheduled to meet with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh.

Indian officials say the total value of around 15 documents that are to be signed between the two leaders will exceed 10 billion dollars.

“During the visit, both sides will review the entire range of bilateral ties and exchange views on how to nurture and further expand our strategic partnership,” Indian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Vishnu Prakash said.

Russia is expected to upgrade Admiral Gorshkov (INS Vikramaditya) aircraft carrier for India and deliver MiG-29K/KUB carrier-based fighters to its south Asian partner.

Further agreements will include a fifth generation fighter aircraft project and work on a multi-role transport aircraft, RIA Novosti reported.

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