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Putin, Modi Start Bilateral Meeting on BRICS Goa Summit Sidelines

© REUTERS / Danish SiddiquiRussian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hand with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a photo opportunity ahead of India-Russia Annual Summit in Benaulim, in the western state of Goa, India, October 15, 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hand with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a photo opportunity ahead of India-Russia Annual Summit in Benaulim, in the western state of Goa, India, October 15, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi started a bilateral meeting on Saturday the sidelines of the 8th BRICS summit in Goa, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

Russian President, Vladimir Putin arrives at the airport in Goa on October 15, 2016 - Sputnik International
Russian President Arrives in Goa For BRICS Summit
GOA (Sputnik) — The two leaders are expected to sign 18 documents with a particular focus on nuclear cooperation of the two countries, according to Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov.

In Goa, Putin is expected to inaugurate units 3 and 4, and launch the second unit of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant.

The construction of the Kudankulam NPP was initially agreed by the Soviet Union and India back in 1988, but the project was in limbo. The Nuclear Power Corporation of India and Russia's nuclear agency Rosatom launched a much-delayed joint project to build the Kudankulam NPP in 2012. The first unit reached full capacity in July 2014, and is currently India's most powerful reactor with a maximum operating capacity of 1,000 megawatt.

In late 2015, Russia and India announced plans to construct from five to six Kudankulam units, with units 3 and 4 being completed in 2016.

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