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Modi in Russia – to finalise on nuclear deal

After travelling in Germany and Spain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Russia. PM arrived at St Petersburg last evening and was welcomed by the Russian officials. On his arrival, PM Modi tweeted ‘Reached the historic city of St Petersburg. Looking forward to a fruitful visit aimed at cementing India-Russia relations.’

Modi will be meeting the Russian President Vladimir Putin where they would be signing on few agreements and India would be pushing Russia for it’s help in constructing the two large nuclear power plants.These units – unit 5 and unit 6 would be constructed in the Kudankulam which initially saw rough weather due to the protests which prompted the former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam then to visit the place and pacify the protesters.

There will be 12 agreements to be signed in the field of science and technology, railways, cultural exchanges and other business areas. The two leaders are also expected to share joint statement.

The current nuclear power generation capacity of all 22 nuclear power reactors in India is 6780 MW and the further addition of 2 plants would add a further 2000 MW to the present capacity adding significantly to the existing capacity which would see India as a power surplus nation.

“There is a lot of mutual trust and personal chemistry between the two leaders that has developed over the last three years,” Pankaj Saran, India’s ambassador to Russia said. He added further saying “Our relations with Russia is on a different pedestal and we have a full agenda between us that is important to both of us. We have clear understanding of our core concerns and vital security interests.”

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