Russia’s Medvedev to visit India on December 4-6

By RIA Novosti,

Moscow : Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will pay an official visit to India on December 4-6, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

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Medvedev and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are to meet in New Delhi to discuss anti-terrorism cooperation. The leaders stressed their intention to step up cooperation in the field after last week’s terrorist attacks on Mumbai.

India said Pakistan could have been involved in the attacks on India’s financial capital, which left at least 183 people dead. It also demanded that Pakistan hand over some 20 terrorist leaders suspected of involvement of attacks on Indian territory.

Russia has said militants active in its North Caucasus republics have links to al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

The visit is also expected to see the signing of a series of agreements, including on nuclear cooperation. Russia could help build another four reactors at India’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant to add to the two that already exist.

Russia and India have seen a growth in bilateral trade this year, which increased in the first nine months of 2008 by 41.6% to $3.8 billion year-on-year.

The last Russian-Indian summit was held in November 2007, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Russia.

Medvedev will also attend an event to mark the end of the Year of Russia in India cultural program on Friday.