Sunday, May 24, 2015Sunday, May 24, 2015

Putin to push for arms deals in India

Published on Dec 22, 2012 12:05 PM
Russian President Vladimir Putin visits India on Monday to seal contracts for Russia's arms manufacturers and to boost ties with one of Moscow's oldest allies. -- PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin travels to India on Monday on an official visit expected to focus on gaining contracts for Russia's arms manufacturers and boosting ties with one of Moscow's oldest allies.

Mr Putin flies to New Delhi early Monday to hold one-on-one talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and broader delegation talks, followed by a signing of documents, the Russian embassy in New Delhi said.

He will also meet the ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi and Mr Sushma Swaraj, the leader of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) opposition party.

The Kremlin said this week that Mr Putin will discuss "concrete steps to further develop strategic partnership" in trade, investment, military and energy policy.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!