Preparations Are Afoot for the Putin-Modi summit
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin is in New Delhi to prepare for the upcoming 15th Annual Summit meeting between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Premier Narendra Modi. The meeting will take place in early December. The exact date has not been announced yet.
In light of the increased interaction between Moscow and New Delhi with the intent to enhance economic and strategic bilateral relations, the meeting will be of prime importance since both nations are members of the BRICS and India is expected to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as a full member next year. SCO deals mostly with the security of the Eurasian landmass.
Rogozin, during his present visit, the second such visit since Modi became India's prime minister, has also co-chaired the Indo-Russian Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) with the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Today he had an interview with Russia & India Report (RIR) correspondent Alessandro Belli, where he laid out the importance of the summit. He told RIR: "We are working on a strategic agreement that will include, in particular, Russia's participation in the development of nuclear energy in India, and we hope to have this document ready by the time of the visit." Independent news reports indicate that during President Putin's visit, India and Russia will finalize setting up of two more nuclear reactors, Kudankulam-3 and Kudankulam-4, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Each reactor will have generating capacity of 100MW.
In addition, Rogozin said he observed Indian keenness in the Russian proposal to develop high-technology cooperation, primarily in aerospace. India is interested in Russia's short- and medium-range MC-21 airplanes. "We also discussed the possibility of assembling the Sukhoi Superjet-100 airplane in India. Interest was also expressed in possible aircraft engine manufacturing projects," he said. He pointed out that cooperation in space instrument engineering is another area that is under discussion and he hopes "that before Vladimir Putin's visit, or immediately after it, we will have reached a mutual understanding on the alignment of our space programs." India is presently in the process of developing a vehicle for landing on the Moon.
Rogozin also informed the RIR that in the coming weeks, Russia and India have agreed to hold separate consultations on cooperation in space exploration. "These will involve manned space missions and deployment of projects in India connected to the use of the Russian navigation system GLONASS. We are also looking at the possibility of joint-production in India of GLONASS signal receiving modules and introduction here of the ERA-GLONASS satellite monitoring system for transport vehicles, used for automatic notification of emergency services in case of accidents and other emergencies," he added.