Russian DyPM arrives tomorrow for 1st interface with Modi Govt

Russian DyPM arrives tomorrow for 1st interface with Modi Govt

In the first high-level visit from Russia after Narendra Modi government assumed power, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry O Rogozin will arrive here tomorrow on a two-day trip during which both sides are expected to review overall bilateral ties including economic cooperation and issues relating to nuclear energy.

Rogozin will hold talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tomorrow and will call on the Prime Minister on Thursday. Rogozin is also scheduled to meet Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.

In their talks, Swaraj and Rogozin are likely to initiate preparations for the Annual Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Putin scheduled during the course of the year besides deliberating on a range of bilateral and international issues, sources said.

Issues relating to economic cooperation, energy security and the long-pending deal for the third and fourth reactors of Kudankulam power plant are likely to figure in the talks.

Russia has in-principle agreed to the Indian nuclear liability law, paving the way for signing a contract for unit 3 and 4 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) in July.

Two units of KNPP have been set up by Russia in Tamil Nadu and the first unit has already been made operational.

India and Russia signed a general framework agreement on unit 3 and 4 in April this year after crossing the initial hurdles of the Civil Liability Nuclear Damage Act 2010.

The agreement could not be signed in October last year when the then Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh visited Russia, as Moscow had raised objection over some clauses of the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act.

After election results were out, Putin had congratulated Modi for BJP's "convincing victory" and hoped that both the countries will be able to achieve greater success and further bolster the relationship.

The Russian President had talked about "large scale" projects in the economic, military-technical, scientific, cultural and humanitarian spheres and hoped that by joint efforts "we will succeed in augmenting the previous achievements".

Modi later thanked Putin for his wishes."I thank President Putin for his good wishes. Looking forward to making our relations with Russia even stronger in the years to come," he had said.

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