The Straits Times
Published on Dec 22, 2012

Putin to push for arms deals in India


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.