Topic: Russia-India partnership
MOSCOW, October 20 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will meet on October 20 with the Indian foreign minister, during the diplomat's visit to Moscow, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.
Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna will be representing India at a Russian-Indian inter-governmental commission meeting on trade and economic, science and cultural cooperation, to be held on Wednesday as part of preparations for a bilateral summit.
The countries' leaders will be meeting in early December. During the summit, the countries are likely to extend their strategic and military partnership by signing a new military cooperation pact.
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