India, Russia sign record deals during first Modi-Putin meet in 2 yrs; what the leaders discussed

During the first Modi-Putin meeting in 2 years, India-Russia signed a record 28 deals. MOUs inked across sectors including trade, energy, culture, intellectual property and education. New Delhi and Moscow also signed a programme of cooperation in defence for the next 10 years. In addition, the two sides concluded a deal for India’s procurement of 600,000 AK-203 assault rifles. The AK-203 rifles are to be procured through the joint venture Indo-Russian rifles private limited. Target set to increase bilateral trade to $30b and bilateral investments to $50b by 2025. In his opening remarks at the summit, Modi said India-Russia friendship has ‘remained a constant’. Putin, in his opening address, described India as a ‘great power’ and a time-tested friend.