India to ink 18 deals, including defense, with Russia during Goa summit


BRICS1Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 14 said that India was looking forward to finding solutions to global and regional challenges during the 8th BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit held in Goa.

India and Russia are celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Modi will meet in the 17th India-Russia meet to be held on the sidelines of the BRICS summit. In this regard, the two countries would ink as many as 18 deals, including defense, to mark the event on October 15.

Media reports said the two countries will also sign a multi-billion dollar deal for S-400 ‘Triumf’ long-range air defence missile system. The system could destroy hostile aircraft, missiles and drones at ranges up to 400 km. If India signs the deal, it would be the second country after China to strike a deal for the ‘Triumpf’ system. Also, India and Russia are in negotiations for building more nuclear reactors (Kudankulam), Kamov helicopters, up-gradation of Sukhoi-MKI among others.

Making use of the summit to isolate Pakistan, India would inform world leaders about the ills of cross-border terrorism. At the same time, Modi will apprise Putin about the ills of military cooperation especially with Pakistan. Putin, on his part, said that Russia supported India in its fight against terror, said media reports.

Modi said he was also glad to receive Brazil President Michel Temer, who visit will open up new avenues of strategic cooperation with Brazil for India. He also wanted to have negotiations with his counterparts from China, South Africa, Brazil and Russia on resolving mutual issues.

Chairing the summit, India was looking to promote linkages in fields such as trade, sports, education, films, scholarship, and tourism, said Modi. Looking forward to build new partnerships, he said he was happy to facilitate a summit with BIMSTEC leaders of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sir Lanka and Thailand.

The focus would be Modi’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, which will be closely monitored by officials of both countries. During the meeting, the PM will do his best convince the Chinese President about the need to impose sanctions on Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar.

Soon after negotiations with Russia come to a close, the Prime Minister will meet BRICS leaders over dinner in Goa on October 15.