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UPDATED: 10:24, December 03, 2005
Indian PM to talk with Russia about energy, defense cooperation
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will focus on energy and defense cooperation during his visit to Moscow from Dec. 4 to 7, the Indian External Affairs Ministry said on Friday.

The two sides are likely to sign several agreements including those on intellectual property rights for defense hardware and development of a satellite-based communication system during the prime minister's visit, Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran told reporters Friday.

Singh will go to Moscow for the annual India-Russia summit and is supposed to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The two countries will pay great attention on the energy cooperation, Saran said.

ONGC-Videsh, the overseas arm of state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp, has had 20 percent stake of Sakhalin-I oil and gas project in Russia and is keen on a similar stake in the third phase.

"We are also looking to bid for some exploration blocks in Siberia," Saran said.

He ruled out any plan to buy arms from Russia during the visit but said India is negotiating with Russia for buying medium-range transport aircraft and Tu-22 bombers and developing a fifth generation fighter jet.

The two sides are expected to sign an agreement on intellectual property, which will last till 2010. And this will help the two countries jointly develop advanced military technologies like the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, Saran said.

The two sides will also talk about the bilateral trade, easier visa procedure for Indian people, Indian-Pakistan relations and Iranian nuclear issue during the visit.

Source: Xinhua

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