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Bilateral discussions between Russia's president and India's prime minister on Monday are expected to focus on cooperation in energy and civil and military technology, as well as pharmaceuticals and the diamond industry.
Dmitry Medvedev welcomed Manmohan Singh to Moscow on Sunday as the two met for informal talks. The full-fledged discussions on Monday will be held in the Kremlin.
Singh told Russian media before his visit that India is interested in diversifying bilateral relations with Russia and proposes to seek new areas for cooperation, such as in the pharmaceutical and diamond industries, and in bio-, nano- and information technology.
"We need to widen our trade basket, and promote greater investments in each other's countries. Pharmaceuticals, information technology and diamonds can become areas of future growth," Singh said.
Russia and India have a long history of cooperation in the nuclear and military spheres, and Singh said the two sides should build on that and expand energy cooperation.
"We would in particular like to see further progress in the hydrocarbon sector, which has been under discussion for some time," he said. "We would like to see greater Russian participation in our nuclear energy expansion program."
Singh also called for greater technical and scientific cooperation both in civil and in the defense sector.
"We must revitalize our cooperation in the cutting edges of science and technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and transfer of high technologies," he said. "Defense cooperation is a key pillar of our relations. We would like to strengthen it, and move towards joint design, research, development and manufacture."
India already has a license for the production of T-90 tanks and produces BrahMos missiles. The two countries agreed in October on the joint development of helicopters, infantry fighting vehicles and a fifth-generation fighter, with formal agreements expected to be signed during Singh's current visit.
The two leaders will also address regional and global issues, particularly the situation in Afghanistan, terrorism, climate change and measures to revive the global economy.
Singh will also hold talks with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
MOSCOW, December 7 (RIA Novosti)
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