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Putin to pay 2-day visit to India from Oct 4, focus on defence pacts likely

Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay an official visit to New Delhi from October 4 to 5, 2018, for the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit. During the visit, President Putin will hold official talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He will also have a meeting with the President of India, and attend other official engagements. The last Annual Summit between Russia and India was held on June 1, 2017 during the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Russia.

Meanwhile, Indian Chief of the Army Staff Bipin Rawat is visiting Russia from 1 to 6 October 2018 leading a delegation that is scheduled to meet senior military officials of Russian Armed Forces and also visit key military formations and establishments.

Representational Photo – The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat visiting the Army Aviation Pavilion, during the Aero India 2017, at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, in Bengaluru on February 14, 2017.(PIB)

General Rawat will be visiting Mikhailovskaya Artillery Academy, Headquarters of Western Military District at St Petersburg and General Staff Academy and Headquarters of a Motorised Rifle Division at Moscow.

The visit is yet another milestone in giving impetus to the strategic partnership between India and Russia and taking forward the military to military cooperation to the next level.

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