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Dmitry Medvedev visited the Taj Mahal

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev visits the historic Taj Mahal in the northern Indian city of Agra December 22, 2010. REUTERS/Dmitry Astakhov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

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December 22, 2010 (KATAKAMI / KREMLIN.RU) — As part of his official visit to India Dmitry Medvedev made a stop in Agra on his way from New Delhi to Mumbai to see the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.

The President observed the mausoleum and mosque architectural ensemble and took some photos. Mr Medvedev wrote in the distinguished visitors’ book: “The Taj Mahal is a unique component of humanity’s legacy. Thank you to all who look after it.”

The Taj Mahal, built on the order of Emperor Shah Jahan to immortalise his late wife’s memory, is considered one of the gems of Mughal architecture, blending elements of Persian, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles.

The Taj Mahal is placed on UNESCO’s world heritage list and receives more than 5 million visitors annually.

Russian-Indian talks

Talks between Dmitry Medvedev and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were held in New Delhi.

The main issues on the agenda of the Russian-Indian talks were cooperation in the oil and gas sector, nuclear energy, and aircraft construction, as well as joint high-tech projects.

Speaking about trade and economic cooperation, the two leaders agreed to continue their efforts towards achieving the strategic target of bilateral trade volume of $20 billion by 2015.

Cooperation in the international arena was also discussed, including the settlement of the situation in Afghanistan and the joint fight against terrorism.

A package of 30 bilateral documents was signed following the Russian-Indian talks, among them a Memorandum of Understanding on Research and Technology Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, a fifth-generation fighter design contract, and an agreement on easing visa requirements for certain categories of citizens.

Following the talks, Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made press statements and answered questions from journalists.

Earlier in the day Dmitry Medvedev met with Indian Foreign Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna.

The Russian President also had bilateral meetings with President of India Pratibha Patil, Vice President of India Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj, and Indian National Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi.

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Posted by on December 22, 2010 in World News

 

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Russia, India urge dialogue on Iran nuclear programme

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (L) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after a signing of agreements ceremony in New Delhi December 21, 2010. 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. REUTERS/B Mathur

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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.

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a joint news conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi December 21, 2010. 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. REUTERS/B Mathur

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.  (*)

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2010 in World News

 

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Photostream : Russian President Dmitry Medvedev meets Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrive for a meeting in New Delhi on December 21, 2010. President Dmitry Medvedev arrived in India on December 21, the latest in a long line of global leaders seeking military and trade deals with the world's second-fastest-growing major economy. Traditionally India's default defence supplier, Russia now faces stiff competition from Europe and the United States as India diversifies its sources of military hardware and becomes more demanding over pricing and quality. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN (Photo credit should read RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrive for a meeting in New Delhi on December 21, 2010. President Dmitry Medvedev arrived in India on December 21, the latest in a long line of global leaders seeking military and trade deals with the world's second-fastest-growing major economy. Traditionally India's default defence supplier, Russia now faces stiff competition from Europe and the United States as India diversifies its sources of military hardware and becomes more demanding over pricing and quality. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN (Photo credit should read RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a meeting in New Delhi on December 21, 2010. President Dmitry Medvedev arrived in India on December 21, the latest in a long line of global leaders seeking military and trade deals with the world's second-fastest-growing major economy. Traditionally India's default defence supplier, Russia now faces stiff competition from Europe and the United States as India diversifies its sources of military hardware and becomes more demanding over pricing and quality. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN (Photo credit should read RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2010 in World News

 

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Russian President Medvedev in India, deals worth billions to be signed

 

December 21, 2010 New Delhi (KATAKAMI / NDTV) — Russian President Dimitry Medvedev arrived in India earlier today. He will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi today where deals worth billions of dollars are expected in civil nuclear energy and defence.

Like US and France, Moscow has also expressed concerns with the nuclear liability law which also holds suppliers responsible for an accident.

The Russians are currently building two reactors in Tamil Nadu and are expected to sign a general framework agreement for two more nuclear power plants in the state.

The big defence agreement on the table is a deal for the 5th generation stealth fighter aircraft which the two countries are jointly developing. The deal is worth 30 billion dollars.

Agreements are also expected in the space sector.  (*)

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2010 in World News

 

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Medvedev to push for military, nuclear deals in India

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December 21, 2010. NEW DELHI – RUSSIAN (KATAKAMI / The Straits Times) — President Dmitry Medvedev arrives in India on Tuesday, the latest in a line of visiting global leaders seeking military and trade deals with the world’s second-fastest growing major economy.

Traditionally India’s default defence supplier, Russia now faces stiff competition from Europe and the United States as India diversifies its sources of military hardware and becomes more demanding over pricing and quality.

‘The Russians are uncomfortable with the changing scenario and Medvedev needs to convince India why Moscow should remain our regular defence provider,’ said retired Indian Army general and military scholar Afsir Karim.

Mr Medvedev’s lobbying trip comes hard on the heels of similar visits by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, as well as US President Barack Obama.

All three announced deals and framework agreements worth billions of dollars, and the Russian president will also be looking to seal key accords on the supply of military fighter jets and the construction of nuclear power stations.

In an interview published in the Times of India on Monday, Mr Medvedev said he viewed the growing competition for India’s booming defence market with ‘serenity and pragmatism’. ‘We are ready to compete, the main point being that the fight for contracts is fair,’ he said. — AFP

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2010 in World News

 

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