India, Russia ink pacts on defense, nuclear, space
Updated: 2010-12-21 17:47
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) sits beside Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev during a joint news conference in New Delhi Dec 21, 2010. [Photo/Agencies]
"India and Russia discussed setting up additional nuclear reactors in Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu," the Indian Prime Minister A. K. Antony said, after the signing of the pacts.
The Indian prime minister said that both countries have also agreed to intensify cooperation in Afghanistan.
"Ours is a very special and strategic partnership, it will continue to develop irrespective of relations with other countries," he said.
Backing India's candidature for the United Nations Security Council permanent membership, Medvedev said that "Russia considers India to be strong and deserving candidate in UNSC Permanent Seat if decision to expand this organ is taken".
Russia also supported India's entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group, Missile Technology Control Regime and non-proliferation bodies like Wassenar Arrangement, which has been established to exercise export controls for conventional arms and dual use goods and technologies, said official sources.
On terrorism, the Russian president said Mumbai attacks perpetrators should be brought to justice.
Ahead of his visit, Medvedev said India and Russia had a strong bond.
"We can rightfully call it a privileged partnership," the Russian leader said in an interview with local daily Times of India.
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (L) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after a signing of agreements ceremony in New Delhi Dec 21, 2010. [Photo/Agencies]
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