Putin to arrive in India on two-day visit today

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New Delhi, Mar 11 (ANI): Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will arrive here today on a two-day visit during which both sides are likely to conclude the long- delayed agreement on the sole of the aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov.

During his visit, Putin will also hold talks with the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, on a range of issues of bilateral interest to the two countries.

India and Russia are expected to seal the fresh 2.34 billion dollars deal for refit of aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov and the 1.2 billion dollars deal for 29 more MiG-29K maritime fighters to the joint development of the stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) and the multi-role transport aircraft (MTA).

In addition to the signing many defense deals, Putin is expected to have hi-tech interaction with various groups.

Videoconferences to connect with think tanks, businessman and scientists of three cities Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore are also on Putin's agenda.

This interaction will take place from the offices of a telecommunication company called Systema.

An official delegation comprising senior members of the Russian Government and several business leaders are accompanying Putin. (ANI)

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