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Putin, Singh shake, eyes on arms deals

Monday, 24 Dec, 2012 - 01:04

Dec. 24 - Russian president Vladimir Putin meets Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi with an eye on arms sales. Sunita Rappai reports.

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A warm handshake between India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian president Vladimir Putin in New Delhi on Monday. Putin - on his first trip to India since he started a new six-year term in May - is expected to talk arm sales with his long-standing regional ally. Russian defence sources say the visit could produce deals worth more than $7.5 billion, including fighter jet and aircraft engine sales. India plans to spend about $100 billion over the next 10 years to uprade its largely Soviet-era military equipment. Meanwhile, security was tightened in New Delhi, and roads and metro stations shut as anti-rape protests intensified in the capital. Publc outrage over the vicious gang rape of a 23-year-old stuident in a bus just over a week ago has resulted in several pitched battles between the police and protesters. The protests have been the biggest in the capital since last year's demonstrations against corruption.

Putin, Singh shake, eyes on arms deals

Monday, 24 Dec, 2012 - 01:04

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