Russian President Vladimir Putin is holding talks with Indian leaders to strengthen trade and energy cooperation with Asia's third-largest economy as Western sanctions threaten to push his country's economy to the brink of a recession.
Putin's discussions Thursday with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi are expected to focus us on deepening ties at a time when New Delhi is perceived to be drawing closer to the United States, especially in areas such as defense and investment.
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Indian officials said nearly two dozen agreements on space, defense cooperation and energy were likely to be signed.
"Looking forward to a productive visit that will take India-Russia ties to newer heights," Modi tweeted.
Putin's visit comes as Russia is faced with plunging global oil prices and a depreciating rouble.