India-Russia defence cooperation
India and Russia are once again set to further deepen their defence nuclear technology cooperation. The issue of acquiring second Akula class nuclear submarine on lease from Russia was extensively discussed during the visit of Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu in the third week of January this year. The special and privileged strategic partnership between India and Russia will get a new boost if India decides to acquire the second nuclear powered submarine from Russia which will send a strong message to the world strategic community that India Russia defence and strategic partnership is not withering.
For the first time the talks were held under the shadow of Russian offer to Pakistan to sell Mi-35 attack helicopters, as India expressed concern over growing proximity between Russia and Pakistan in defence sector, but the Russian side tried to allay India’s concern.
The visit intended to jointly chair the inter-governmental commission on military and technical cooperation was in fact preceded a month ago by summit level discus
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