India inks pact with Russia

December 3rd, 2004  

Topic: India inks pact with Russia

NEW DELHI: Indian and Russia on Friday signed a joint declaration emphasising strategic partnership between the two countries and taking note of the transformation in the global environment in the recent past.

The two countries also signed accords on outer-space, long-term cooperation in the field of joint development and use of Russian Global Navigational Satellite System (GLONASS) for peaceful purposes, visa-free travel for holders of diplomatic and official passports and cooperation between the cities of Mumbai and St Petersburg.

The agreement on outer-space and GLONASS was signed by ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair and director of Russian Federal Space Agency A Perminov.

India's Foreign Secretary Shyam Sharan inked the deal on visa-free travel with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Alexeev.

Mumbai Municipal Corporation Mayor Mahadev Deole signed the agreement for cooperation with Valentina Matvienko, Governor of President Vladimir Putin's home town St Petersburg.