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December 21, 2010. NEW DELHI (KATAKAMI / TheEconomicTimes) — Indian and Russian leaders agreed on Tuesday that the dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme should be resolved through dialogue, a joint statement said.
Indian Prime Minister Manhomahn Singh and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev also agreed Iran had a right to peaceful nuclear energy. Medvedev is on a two-day visit to India.
Russia and India signed agreements on Tuesday to work on a design project for a fifth-generation fighter aircraft and expand capacity at the nuclear power plant in Kudankulam .
The two countries agreed to build the third and fourth generating units for the nuclear power plant in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu, according to a statement.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday he supports India’s quest for a permanent seat at an expanded United Nations Security Council.
India has long sought a permanent seat at the UN Security Council , a bid which has been endorsed by the United States and France. China has only given a lukewarm response. Medvedev was speaking, alongside Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh , during a news conference at the start of a two-day visit to India. (*)