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BRICS nations committed to cooperate in fight against terrorism, says Putin

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India's efforts to revive BIMSTEC assumes significance with the collapse of recent SAARC (South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation) summit after four member-countries, in addition to India, pulled out of the meet to be hosted in November by Pakistan over the issue of cross-border terrorism.

Russia's delegation will also be represented by Vice- Premier Dmitry Rogozin, the heads of the Industry and Trade, Energy and Economics Ministries, state civil nuclear power corporation Rosatom and others.

Xi was invited by Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni, Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, respectively.

The President, who will be in Goa for the five-nation BRICS Summit this weekend, said numerous Russian projects in India not only have commercial importance but also play a significant social and economic role for the economies of the two countries.

Another important agreement that the two sides are likely to sign is on India's Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project or the perspective multi-role fighter (PMF) which will be based on Sukhoi PAK FA stealth fighter. "Even though in 2015 trade between the countries dropped by 7.8 percent, together with our Indian partners, we are resolved to overcome the negative trend, which, in our opinion, is largely associated with volatility on the global markets and in exchange rates", Putin told IANS.

India assumed chairmanship of BRICS from Russian Federation on February 15 and it will last till December 31. India has been campaigning to join the NSG to back a multi-billion-dollar drive to build nuclear power plants in partnership with Russian Federation, the United States and France, in order reduce India's dependence on polluting fossil fuels.

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New Delhi has constantly been conveying its disappointment to Moscow over its joint military cooperation with Pakistan.

Russia's Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin stated recently that military cooperation with Pakistan will teach the "Pakistani army not to use itself for terror attacks against India".

"For our five countries' leaders this meeting will be a good opportunity to harmonise our positions on key issues on the global agenda. Decisive actions are required to help that country in dealing with such challenges and threats as terrorism, extremism, and illicit drug trafficking", Putin said. "This means the entire world would be looking at Goa during the summit and it will provide an opportunity to showcase Goa's trade opportunities to the world", Parsekar said.

Afterwards, Hasina will hold meetings with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Russian President Vladimir Putin. But the agenda of BRICS widened over the years to include issues including counter-terrorism, health, science and technology, labour among other issues.

Questions to Putin were emailed before India's September 29 surgical strikes targeting terrorist launch pads in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Find us on Facebook too!

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