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PM Modi To Visit Russia Tomorrow: Nuclear Energy, Defence On Agenda

New Delhi: Dec 22; Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a two-day visit to Russia tomorrow for annual summit talks with President Vladimir Putin that is aimed at further expanding the special and privileged strategic ties with primary focus on nuclear energy, hydrocarbons, defence and trade.

"We expect to sign a number of agreements covering a very broad range of fields. Final touches are being given on some of them," Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar told reporters.

Asked whether Russia will strongly back India's bid for a seat at the UN Security Council, he said "Two countries have great confidence and trust in each other. We do not at all doubt Russia's commitment to see India as a permanent member of the UNSC."

On whether India will request Russia to share details on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, he said the issue had figured during External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's recent visit to Moscow. "Let's wait and see what happens.I do not prejudge the Russian response till we get it," he said.

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