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Modi and Putin eye energy and defense to reach $30bn in trade

India and Russia plan Chennai-Vladivostok maritime communication link

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, meet Sept. 4 ahead of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India and Russia reaffirmed an ambitious pledge to nearly triple trade to $30 billion by 2025, during the annual summit Wednesday between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin.

Their meeting focused on diversifying economic ties beyond defense and civil nuclear cooperation, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told reporters after the wide-ranging talks between the two leaders.

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