Arms sales top Putin's agenda in India

Dec 24, 2012- Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in India. Ahead of his visit, in an article in the Indian newspaper The Hindu, Putin wrote that "deepening friendship and cooperation with India is among the top priorities of our foreign policy".

He will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other officials.
Moscow and New Delhi are expected to sign a number of agreements on trade and military cooperation. The two sides are also expected to discuss the joint research on T-50 fighters.

India is Russia’s number one arms importer. Russian defense equipment accounts for nearly 70 percent of its supplies. India is now the world largest arms import country.
In the past five years, its bulging weapons import volume has reached over 12.5 billion US dollars.


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