The “strategic partnership” between India and Russia received another symbolic boost with the visit of India’s prime minister to Moscow from December 15 to 17. While the bilateral relationship between the two countries has always been important considering India’s defense equipment has largely been of Soviet/Russian vintage, the connection has also been of special significance for India’s nuclear ambitions. Indeed, a prominent showcasing of this was to be the commissioning of the first unit of the Russian built nuclear power plant at Kudankulam. Two units of the power plant have been under construction for the good part of the last decade, and the first unit was due to become critical before the end of this year.
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