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India, Russia sign protocol to step-up defence engagement




 India and Russia today agreed on a roadmap for ramping up bilateral defence cooperation and decided to conclude negotiations for different military platforms soon.

          Both the sides signed a protocol for the roadmap to step-up defence engagement during the annual meeting of the Indian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC).

          The meeting was co-chaired by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and his Russian counterpart General Sergey Shoigu.
          The roadmap includes specific activities to be concluded by both the sides, and aims to enhance cooperation in the field of political and military dialogue, besides exercises between the armed forces of the two countries.
          In the meeting, Jaitley conveyed to the Russian side about the importance of having a robust and reliable after-sales support mechanism with regards to serviceability of Russian-origin equipment, Indian government officials said.
          Russia has been one of India's key major suppliers of arms and ammunition. However, it has been a long-standing grievance of armed forces that supply of critical spares and equipment from Russia takes a long time affecting maintenance of military systems procured from that country.





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