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  • Sunni-Shia Consensus? (March 05, 2007)
    Iranian hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz have reportedly agreed to stem increasing rift between Sunni and Shia Muslims that is dragging West Asia into crisis.<More>

  • BrahMos on Naval Aircraft (February 09, 2007)
    The Navy is in the process of fitting its long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft such as IL-38, IL-76 and TU-142 with supersonic BrahMos missiles enhancing their capability to include striking power at identified targets.<More>

  • 40 More Sukhoi Jets, 126 MRCA Plan is On (February 09, 2007)
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) clarified that it plans to get 40 more Sukhoi-30MKIs from Russia as well as faster indigenous production of 140 of these fighters in addition to the 126 multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA).<More>

  • Over 1000 BrahMos from Russia (February 06, 2007)
    India's Russian partner NPO Mashinostroyenie revealed that it would soon ship over 1,000 supersonic BrahMos missiles to defense forces within the next few years bringing to fruition the 1999 project.<More>

  • India, China Set up Hotline (February 06, 2007)
    When Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing visits India next week, India and China have decided to set up a hotline between their foreign ministers as part of a roadmap to implement the 10-point action plan to boost strategic cooperation.<More>

  • Russia Supports Natural Gas Cartel Idea (February 05, 2007)
    Russia has proposed a gas producing cartel idea from Iran along the lines of the oil producing cartel so natural has exporters can come under a banner to control output to keep prices at higher levels.<More>

  • India on GLONASS GPS (January 31 , 2007)
    After failing to secure a berth in the US and European Global Positioning Systems (GPS) because it failed to get guarantees of uninterrupted service contract, India gained access to the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS).<More>

  • Russia Uranium Pilfered? (January 31 , 2007)
    Georgia revealed that its agents posing as Islamic rebels arrested a Russian businessmen trying to sell weapons-grade uranium hidden in his jacket a independent reports quoted US authorities confirming that the uranium was 90% enriched.<More>

  • MiG-35 on IAF Radar (January 31 , 2007)
    The impending 126 IAF fighter aircraft contract is seeing spirited competition from Russia’s MiG-35, the enlarged and more advanced version of the MiG-29/MiG-33 family and seen as a potential replacement for the MiG-29 and Su-27.<More>

  • First India-Russia-China Structured Meeting (January 30 , 2007)
    India, Russia, and China will hold their first structured foreign ministerial meeting in New Delhi seen as an effort to coordinate response and efforts in international affairs, although the foreign ministers have met thrice over the last 2 years .<More>

  • Russia Wants Energy, Military Pie (January 25, 2007)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in India to rejuvenate ties hoping to win a strong share of India’s large energy and military budget and also be the Guest of Honor of the Republic Day Parade that showcases Indian military and cultural might.<More>

  • Russian Engines and Chinese Planes (January 24, 2007)
    Russia has assured India that it will not allow China to use its RD-93 engines in the JF-17 Thunder multi-role fighter aircraft in planes it plans to sell to Pakistan and is apparently covered in the end0user certificate contracts barring export of technology to Pakistan.<More>

  • Indo-Russia Trade Needs Addressing (January 18, 2007)
    Ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit later in January, Indian industry leaders want a permanent vehicle to discuss and manage non-tariff barriers and developing reliable trade routes is created.<More>

  • Stronger Pitch in Sakhalin Bid (January 17, 2007)
    Responding to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invitation of a higher Indian participation in his country’s energy sector, Indian oil major Oil and Natural Gas Company (ONGC) may tie-up with Russian firms for a larger bid in Sakhalin-III project. <More>

  • Russia to Scale Back Oil Output (January 11, 2007)
    Citing “problems in transiting crude across Belarus,” Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Cabinet colleagues to lean on oil companies to explore “the possibility of scaling down extraction of oil” and hinted at diverting oil transit routes away from Minsk.<More>

  • Russian Air Defense for Iran (January 05, 2007)
    Ignoring international sanctions on Tehran for its suspected nuclear weapons program, Moscow supplied “at least half” of the contracted Tor-M1 short-range air defense systems valued at USD 1.4 billion to be deployed around strategically sensitive centers.<More>

  • NK-US for Talks, Japan Sets Terms (November 30, 2006)
    North Korea and the US seem to step down from the brink and said they were ready for talks, but Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asserted that his country will not “allow North Korea to possess nuclear weapons and laid out terms for engagement.<More>

  • India’s Faltering Energy Strategy (November 23, 2006)
    Gearing for the future, India is formulating a policy for development of Natural Gas Pipelines for cities and on November 16, met with a number of prospective providers including Exxon Mobil, BG, Shell, RIL, ADAG, TERI, BP ( India ), and Oil PSUs.<More>

  • Success in Cryogenic Stage (November 21, 2006)
    The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced it has successfully tested a full-fledged cryogenic stage in rocketry for 50 seconds with a thrust of 7.5 tons making it the 6th nation in the world to have achieved this feat.<More>

  • Navy’s New Capabilities (November 21, 2006)
    The Indian Navy has invested in several new equipment and capabilities including stealth, new aircraft carriers, ship lift system, and refueling capabilities and says that most of these projects are on target.<More>

  • Russia Demands Time-Bound Iran Sanctions (November 06, 2006)
    Providing several “line in/line-out” edits to the draft resolution imposing sanctions on Iran for its nuclear sanctions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the sanctions must include “a time limit” and “mechanisms for ending the sanctions.”<More>

  • Priorities for the Navy (November 02, 2006)
    The new Naval Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta emphasizing reach, technology, and endurance as the important factors that would govern the next generation navy that can protect the growing economy, provide disaster relief, and ensure regional security.<More>

  • Russia Disagrees with Iran Draft (October 30, 2006)
    While insisting that it wants to “eliminate the risks of sensitive technologies” flowing to Iran, Russia opposed a European draft resolution calling sanctions against Iran because it wanted to maintain “all possible channels of communication.”<More>

  • Navy plans joint exercises with U.S., Russia (October 25, 2006)
    In continuation of its policy to practice naval skills and operate in the backyards of friendly nations, the Indian Navy revealed plans to hold exercises with the United States and Russia in quick succession next year in the Pacific Ocean.<More>

  • Russia Accuses US for NK Tests (October 24, 2006)
    Russia virtually accused the US of pushing North Korea (NK) into a corner and provoked their tests and called for more flexibility from the Bush Administration for the resumption of the 6-party talks.<More>

  • Modernization Drive of IAF (October 24, 2006)
    While retirement of MIG variants will outpace induction of new aircraft, the Indian Air Force (IAF) expects to invest Rs. 20,000 crore (USD 4.3 billion) over the next 10 years to modernize its fleet with better detection and combat systems and more endurance.<More>

  • Russia-EU Energy Disagreement (October 23, 2006)
    Depending on over 25% of energy from Russia, the 25 EU nations are unable to agree on how to demand “predictability” in energy supply while balancing values and economic interests.<More>

  • Indian Navy Declines Harriers (October 13, 2006)
    After decline PC-3 Orion from the US , the Indian Navy has declined 8 British Sea Harrier FA2 fighter jets phased out of the Royal Navy because vital components such as missile carrying capability, fire control radar, and other avionics were missing.<More>

  • Russia-US Relations Set to Worsen (September 27, 2006)
    A Russian Parliamentary report alerted policy makers that the US will continue to pursue a hostile policy towards Moscow regardless of political affiliations or incumbent in the White House as they struggle for influence over world energy, power, and politics.<More>

  • Russia Tests sub-ice Missile (September 15, 2006)
    After a space of 11 years, Russia successfully tested an intercontinental missile from a K-84 nuclear submarine from below the ice in the North Pole and hit targets at a testing range in Arkhangesk while another fired at the same target from the Pacific Ocean.<More>

  • First Indo-Russian Joint Study Group on Trade (August 28, 2006)
    Indian and Russian trade experts are meeting this week to explore and discuss options that will remove bilateral trade blocks to achieve a USD 10 billion trade and lead to a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA).<More>

  • 7 Nation Futuristic Nuclear Reactor (August 23, 2006)
    Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) Director at Kalpakkam Baldev Raj has been elected Chairman of a 7 nation collaborative project to define a futuristic fast reactor with closed nuclear fuel cycle capable of generating 300-500 GWe nuclear energy. <More>

  • India, Russia, and China for Trilateral Ties (July 14, 2006)
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Chinese President Hu Jintao will meet on the sidelines of the ‘outreach’ summit of G-8 in St Petersburg to discuss “positive” roles their countries can play to safeguard global peace.<More>

  • US-Russia Civilian N-Deal (July 10, 2006)
    US President George Bush is reportedly wanting to reverse decades of nuclear policy isolating Russia to permit extensive civilian nuclear cooperation with that country which could result in large monetary gains for Moscow but may face opposition in the Congress. <More>

  • Putin Criticizes US (July 04, 2006)
    Ahead of the Russia-US summit next month, Russian President Vladimir Putin trashed American and EU accusations of Russia’s “neo-imperial ambitions” and “energy blackmail” and warned of American diktat in international relations. <More>

  • Putin Wants “Quantum Jump” in Indo-Russian Ties (June 29, 2006)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said “It is essential to increase dramatically the volume of our trade and the level of investment [with India], our cooperation in the energy and other fields, including military-technical field.”<More>

  • Early 2007 India, Russia Naval War Games (June 22, 2006)
    The Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Arun Prakash said that India and Russia will hold naval war games next year called "INDRA-2007" and will be held off Russia's Pacific coast early 2007.<More>

  • Navy to Buy 3 more Stealth Frigates (June 09, 2006)
    The Navy has completed price negotiation for an important defense import deal to purchase three `Talwar' class stealth frigates from Russia for Rs. 3,000 crore (USD 650 million).<More>

  • Tenuous Russia-US Relations (June 07, 2006)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that his country is “strengthening” its “cooperation” with the US “in the international arena” and cited the positive interaction to provide a renewed deal to Iran.<More>

  • Russia Upgrades Nuclear Arsenal (May 8, 2006)
    In the continuing military rift reminiscent of the Cold War, Russia says that it is vastly upgrading its offensive nuclear arsenal capable of penetrating “star wars” missile shield being developed in the US that will warn the enemy of a Mutually Assured Destruction.<More>

  • India-Russia Sign 3 Deals, Keep Nuke Deal Quiet (March 18, 2006)
    India and Russia signed three important deals that included energy, space, and economic co-operation but were carefully not highlighting the deal for Russia to supply “limited quantity” of uranium for Tharapur.<More>

  • Russia Promises Uranium despite US Reservation (March 17, 2006)
    Despite US reservation and call for restraint, Russia said that it would supply the “limited quantity” of uranium to keep Tharapur safe and operational.<More>

  • US to Accept Russian Tarapur Supply (March 16, 2006)
    The US said that while it would accept the sale of Russian uranium for the Tharapur plant in principle, it would like Russia to wait for India to move further along on the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal.<More>

  • Russia Promises Nuclear Fuel for Tharapur (March 15, 2006)
    Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov is visiting India to discuss a range of issues including supply of nuclear fuel for Tharapur nuclear plant.<More>

  • India, Russia Negotiate 10B Defense Deal (February 06, 2006)
    India and Russia are in advanced stage of negotiations in a USD 10 billion-defense deal to modernize outdated Soviet Union and Russian equipment.<More>

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