India and Russia are likely to sign total 18 agreements during BRICS summit. The India-Russia annual summit will take place on the sidelines of the BRICS in Goa.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday for the 17th India-Russia annual summit meet.
Defence and nuclear cooperation will be among the highlights of their engagement. Putin may also inaugurate the third and fourth units of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant.
News agencies in Russia quoted Putin's aide Yuri Ushakov saying that cooperation in nuclear energy will be one of the central themes of the engagement.
Putin also said to an Indian news agency that Russia remained in the lead in terms of direct supplies of most advanced weapons & military equipment and conducting joint exercises with India.
"Our countries actively collaborate in the military technical field," Putin said, as he described India as Russia's especially privileged strategic partner.