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UPDATED: 21:46, January 25, 2007
India, Russia seeking closer ties
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India and Russia Thursday signed nine agreements in nuclear energy, civilian uses of space technology, trade and commercial ties and cultural exchanges.

Among them was a memorandum of intent on cooperation in the construction of additional nuclear power plants units at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu of India as well as some more Russian- designed nuclear reactors at new sites in India.

After his talks with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin who arrived here Thursday morning for a two-day visit, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a press conference voiced great thanks to Putin for his country's assistance in the area of civil nuclear cooperation.

Singh said Putin is a world leader and a special friend of India, adding that Putin's visit has given new momentum to carry the strategic partnership between the two countries to new heights.

Meanwhile, Putin stressed the need to deepen trade and investment between the two countries, saying that Russia was ready to take cooperation with India in civil nuclear cooperation to new horizon.

The nine documents signed by India and Russia Thursday are as follows.

-- Joint statement on the outcome of the official visit of Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation to India.

-- Program of Cultural Exchanges between India and Russia for 2007-09.

-- Protocol between India and Russia on holding 'Year of Russia in India' in the Year 2008 and 'Year of India in Russia' in the Year 2009.

-- Memorandum of Intent between the Department of Atomic Energy and the Federal Atomic Energy Agency on development of cooperation in the construction of additional nuclear power plant units at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu as well as in the construction of Russian design nuclear power plants at new sites in India.

-- Agreement between India and Russia on the access of the Indian Party to navigation signals of the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System GLONASS for peaceful purposes.

-- Agreement between India and Russia on access of the Indian Party to a part of the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System GLONASS Radio Frequency Spectrum.

-- Agreement between the Indian Space Research Organization and the Federal Space Agency on cooperation in the joint satellite project 'YOUTHSAT'.

-- Protocol between the Central Board of Excise and Customs ( India) and the Federal Customs Service (Russia) on exchange of information on the movement of goods and conveyances between the two countries.

-- Cooperation Agreement between Saraf Agency Private Limited Vneshekonom Bank of Russia and Joint Stock Company Technochim Holding.

Source: Xinhua

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