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    India's Prime Minister believes that cooperation between New Dehli and Moscow can benefit not only the two nations but also the world.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed hope that his visit to Russia, which is due to start Wednesday, will improve Russia-India ties.

    "My visit will deepen the cooperation between India and Russia in the economic, energy and security spheres. We also want to increase cooperation in science and technology, mining among other sectors. Trade ties between India and Russia can increase even further, to benefit not only our two nations but also the world," Modi said in a statement posted on his Facebook page.

    The prime minister also said he was "very optimistic about the outcome of this visit."

    Modi is set to launch a two-day official visit to Russia on Wednesday, during which he will have talks on a wide range of economic and energy issues with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


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