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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) with Russian President Vladimir Putin before a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on December 6, 2021 - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Vladimir Putin Leads Delegation to New Delhi for 21st Annual India-Russia Summit

Russian President Vladimir on Monday is leading an official Russian delegation to New Delhi to hold the 21st Annual India-Russia Summit that kicks off today.
The Russian president is holding a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday to discuss the prospects of bilateral relations and talk about how to improve the strategic partnership between Moscow and New Delhi.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu are expected to hold talks with their Indian counterparts in the 2+2 format.
In November, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that this meeting would be the first in a 2+2 format with Indian partners. Such consultations are now expected to be held on a regular basis.
Agreements in transport, science, space, military and technical cooperation, culture, and education are also expected.
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16:32 GMT 06.12.2021
Russia, India Agree to Further Study Prospects for Cooperation in Peaceful Use of Space
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia and India will study the prospects for cooperation in the development of launch vehicles and the use of outer space for peaceful purposes, according to a joint statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the 21st Russian-Indian summit.
"The Sides welcomed the enhanced cooperation between the State Space Corporation "Roscosmos" and the Indian Space Research Organization, including in the human spaceflight programs and satellite navigation and agreed to study the prospects of the development of mutually beneficial cooperation in the development of launch vehiclesand use of outer space for peaceful purposes, including planetary exploration," the statement says.
Moscow and New Delhi also expressed concern about the possibility of an arms race in outer space and its transformation into an arena of military confrontation.
"Both sides expressed concern over the possibility of an arms race in outer space and outer space turning into an arena for military confrontation. They reaffirmed commitment to takeefforts for the prevention of an arms race in outer space and its weaponization," they said.
16:30 GMT 06.12.2021
Putin, Modi Reaffirm Commitment to More Russian Oil Output, LNG Import to India
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have reaffirmed their commitment to boosting Russian crude production under long-term contracts and increasing import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to India, according to a joint statement issued following the Monday meeting in New Delhi.
"The sides reaffirmed their commitment for increasing sourcing of Russian crude oil on long term contracts through preferential pricing, strengthening LNG imports to India, and the possible utilization of the Northern Sea Route for energy supplies," the statement read.
The two leaders have also agreed to expand cooperation on gas in a mutually beneficial manner that includes "the development of investment in gas infrastructure and distribution projects, use of natural gas in transport and emerging fuels including hydrogen."
15:44 GMT 06.12.2021
Moscow, New Delhi Support Syria’s Sovereignty, Independence
"The parties reaffirmed their firm commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria. They also reaffirmed that there is no alternative to advance the political process, led and carried out by the Syrians themselves with the assistance of the UN in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 (2015), as well as the need to mobilize comprehensive humanitarian assistance to all Syrians in need without politicization and preconditions, as provided for by the Security Council resolution. UN 2585 (2021)," the statement read.
15:21 GMT 06.12.2021
Putin Invites Modi to Visit Russia in 2022
"President Putin thanked Prime Minister Modi for the kind hospitality shown to him and his delegation in New Delhi. He invited Prime Minister Modi to visit Russia next year to participate in the XXII Annual Russian-Indian Summit," the joint statement reads.
15:20 GMT 06.12.2021
Russia, India Concerned Over Possible Arms Race in Outer Space - Joint Statement
15:09 GMT 06.12.2021
India Interested in Cooperation With Russia on Northern Sea Route - Joint Statement
14:59 GMT 06.12.2021
Russia, India Stress in Joint Statement the Need to Start Talks on Free Trade Agreement Between EAEU, India
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia and India call for deepening regional economic cooperation for sustainable socio-economic development, according to a joint statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued after the Monday meeting.
"Both sides stressed the importance of deepening regional economic cooperation in order to ensure sustainable socio-economic development and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, including expanding interaction within the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in such key areas as transport, energy and trade," the statement read.
Russia and India also decided to explore mutually beneficial areas of cooperation in third countries, especially in Africa, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. In addition, the slides stressed the need to start negotiations on free trade agreement between India and the EAEU.
14:43 GMT 06.12.2021
Moscow and New Delhi Sign Deal on Production of AK-203 Rifles in India
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow and New Delhi signed a contract for the production of AK-203 Kalashnikov assault rifles in India, Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Director (FSMTC) Dmitry Shugayev said on Monday.
"In particular, the long-awaited contract for the production of Kalashnikov assault rifles here in India, in the city of Korwa," the head of the FSMTC said on the air of the Rossiya 24 broadcaster.
Shugayev clarified that "we are talking about the production of ... over 600,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles."

Russia and India are negotiating to increase licensed production of Su-30MKI fighters by 50 units, Shugayev said.
"Indeed, for quite a long time, Su-30MKI aircraft have been produced here at the HAL enterprise, under our license, and today we are negotiating an increase in this quantity, that is, licensed production, by about 50 units, that is, the enterprise is actively working, and the planes enjoy a large success in the national air force," he said.
12:39 GMT 06.12.2021
Putin, Modi Hold Talks at 21st Annual India-Russia Summit
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.12.2021
Putin and Modi Hold Negotiations at 21st India-Russia Summit
11:00 GMT 06.12.2021
Russia, India Ink Military Cooperation Deal
Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft flies past during a parade at an airbase in Tezpur, India, Friday, Nov. 21 2014 - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.12.2021
Russia, India Sign Military Cooperation Agreement for Next Decade
10:59 GMT 06.12.2021
Peskov to Sputnik: Russia, India Should Boost Cooperation Amid New 'Sore Spots' in Asia-Pacific
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.12.2021
Peskov to Sputnik: Russia, India Should Boost Cooperation Amid New 'Sore Spots' in Asia-Pacific
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