28-point agreement between India and Russia including defense and trade: India to take Buddhist tourists from Russia

Delhi. Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a six-hour visit to India on Monday. He also held bilateral talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Indian Foreign Ministry said that Putin’s visit was a success. An important meeting was held between the two leaders, said Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringala at a press meet.

Russia and India have signed a 28-point agreement in the areas of trade, energy, culture, intellectual property, manpower and cyber attacks. India and Russia have also signed another defense agreement for the next 10 years.

According to Foreign Secretary Shringala, bilateral trade and increasing Russian investment in India have also been discussed. They have also agreed to expedite these aspects.

He said that investment in petrochemical sector including oil and gas has also been considered. It is planned to work together on waterways, fertilizers, steel and skilled manpower.

China and Russia have also agreed to work together on some issues related to Buddhism. There are 15 million Buddhists in Russia. It is said that the population is willing to come to India for pilgrimage. India expects cultural exchanges between the two countries. Discussions have also taken place between the two countries regarding the vaccination certificate.

Foreign Secretary Shringala claimed that there was no discussion about recognizing the Taliban’s interim government in Afghanistan.

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