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Indian Defense Minister A. K. Antony arrives in Moscow Tuesday to attend a session of a Russian-Indian intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation, the Indian Defense Ministry said.
NEW DELHI, October 16 (RIA Novosti) - Indian Defense Minister A. K. Antony arrives in Moscow Tuesday to attend a session of a Russian-Indian intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation, the Indian Defense Ministry said.

The session precedes a visit to Russia by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, scheduled for October 17-18.

The commission, co-chaired by Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, will discuss the status of defense cooperation and prospects for the future.

Last week, Moscow and New Delhi signed a $1.6 billion contract for 40 Russian Su-30 Flanker fighter assembly sets to be supplied to India by 2010.

Russia and India have reaffirmed plans to draft a comprehensive cooperation treaty to boost trade, as well as ties in a range of other areas.

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