Putin, Indian premier to focus on situation in Afghanistan, Syria

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 05:39

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet on the sidelines of an upcoming BRICS summit on Tuesday to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan and Syria, Russian Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov said on Monday.

The heads of states of Russia and India “will focus on the discussion over the current situation in Syria and the development of the situation in Afghanistan in view of a forthcoming withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force from Afghanistan in 2014,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Ushakov noted that a larger part of the negotiations will be devoted “to the issues of further development of Russian-Indian relations based on particularly privileged strategic partnership.” He recalled that a record level of bilateral trade of 11 billion dollars was reached in bilateral trade and economic relations in 2012. Meanwhile, the highly technological products prevail in the exports from Russia to India and in the exports from India to Russia.

Ushakov noted that the two countries are cooperating actively and efficiently in trade and economic cooperation. At its 8th session in New Delhi on October 15, 2012, the Russian-Indian intergovernmental commission for trade and economic, scientific-technical and cultural cooperation approved the guidelines and joint projects of cooperation in the energy sector, primarily the nuclear power industry, metallurgy, mining, jewellery, chemical industry, pharmaceuticals, carmaking, banking and financial services, science and technologies, as well as tourism. The construction of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant is one of the most large-scale projects in bilateral cooperation. “It is important that the most reliable and modern technological solutions in the sphere of the peaceful atomic energy use were applied in the construction of this nuclear power plant,” he noted.

Ushakov named bilateral cultural cooperation and humanitarian exchanges as a traditional sphere of Russian-Indian relations.

MOSCOW, March 25 (Itar-Tass)

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