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    The current visit of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to India is aimed at boosting Russia-India military and counterterrorism cooperation.

    NEW DELHI, January 21 (Sputnik) — Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Prime Minister Office in New Delhi, a correspondent with the Sputnik news agency said Wednesday.

    Shoigu is visiting India for the 14th meeting of the Inter-Governmental Commission on Military and Technical Cooperation, which aims at boosting Russia's military and counterterrorism cooperation with its South Asian partner.

    During the meeting, Modi recalled a very successful visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to India in December 2014, the Sputnik correspondent said. The Indian prime minister stressed that the time had tested a special and privileged strategic partnership between India and Russia, which had acquired a new momentum with the visit of President Putin.

    Modi added he was looking forward to visiting Russia later this year for the 7th BRICS summit of the world's largest emerging economies, and for the bilateral India-Russia Annual Summit.

    Earlier on Wednesday, the Russian defense minister met with his Indian counterpart, Manohar Parrikar, who co-chairs the inter-governmental commission.

    Shoigu praised a strong military partnership between the two nations, adding the countries were planning to develop a fifth-generation fighter aircraft and undertake several naval projects.


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