Monday, January 19, 2004

India/Russia

India to buy an old aircraft carrier from Russia:

India and Russia are likely to clinch a 1.8-billion dollar contract for the sale and refurbishment of a Soviet-era aircraft carrier during a visit here by Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov, officials said Monday.

Ivanov, due in New Delhi late Monday, is scheduled to meet his Indian counterpart Tuesday and then head a Russian delegation in the negotiations over the sale of the 44,570-tonne Admiral Gorshkov carrier to the Indian navy, which currently has only one such ship, defence ministry officials told AFP.


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