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India sign deal with Russia for purchase of carrier Gorshkov

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Jan 20, IRNA -- India signed on Tuesday an over 1.5 billion
dollar deal with Russia to purchase the 45,000 ton aircraft carrier 
`Admiral Gorshkov`. 
According to Indian Defense Ministry statement, a copy of which 
was received by IRNA on Tuesday, the agreement was signed by Indian 
Defense Minister George Fernandes and his Russian counterpart Sergei 
Ivanov, who arrived here on a three-day official visit on Monday 
Describing the signing of the agreement for the refurbishment and 
supply of the aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov as `historic`, the 
statement said, the deal with its complement of 28 MiG 29-K fighters 
and cooperation in program like Brahmos missiles, Talwar and Trishul 
class frigates, T-90 tanks and frontline SU-30 MKI fighters proved a 
major landmark in Indo-Russian relationship and reaffirmation of the 
strategic relations between the two countries." 
Indian defense minister also held on Monday and Tuesday wide 
ranging frank, fruitful, and productive discussions with his Russian 
counterpart on the international security situation, bilateral 
relations and the two countries relations with key nations, the 
statement said. 
"Both countries discussed ways and means to develop the defense 
relations in new and qualitatively higher levels," it added. 
"Ivanov`s visit will go down as a very significant milestone in 
Indo-Russian bilateral relations," the statement said. 
Ivanov also called on Indian Premier Atal Bihari Vajpayee and 
discussed among other matters, defense cooperation and the 
international situation. 
Russian defense minister also held a meeting with Indian National 
Security Adviser, Brajesh Mishra. 
Issues relating to strategic defense partnership as well as the 
global situation, especially Iraq, Afghanistan and West Asia, came up 
for discussion during the meeting, according to some reports. 
Three Indian service chief, Gen N.C. Vij, Air Chief Marshal S 
Krishnaswamy and Admiral Madhavendra Singh, also called on Ivanov. 
Ivanov will make a short trip to Agra Wednesday before departing 
for Moscow the same day, official sources said. 

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