Modi meets Putin, Nuclear, Defence Deals likely to be Discussed


New Delhi, Dec 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Hyderabad House here on Thursday to hold discussions on several expected agreements.

Putin arrived here late last night on a two-day visit to attend the 15th India-Russia annual summit. Along with his 15-member team of top business honchos, the President will attend an interaction with CEOs at the same venue. He will then inaugurate the World Diamond Conference at Vigyan Bhavan, and later meet President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the evening before leaving for home at night.

The bilateral summit talks between PM Modi and Putin will be the first full-fledged summit between India and Russia after the Modi government took office in May.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) earlier in the day expressed hope that President Putin's visit to India would lead to new beginnings which would enable Russian investors to utilize the opportunities that are opening up through the "Make in India" initiative.

The meeting between two powerful nations could result in about 15-20 agreements on defence, nuclear energy, science and technology, space, customs and others.

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