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India close to signing bilateral logistics pact with Russia

23 July 2019
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India has finalised negotiations with Russia for a bilateral logistics agreement between their militaries to augment interoperability and further defence co-operation.

Official sources told Jane’s on 22 July that officials from India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) had completed talks with their Russian counterparts in Moscow on the Agreement on Reciprocal Logistics Support (ARLS), in late June.

They said the pact is likely to be progressed in the upcoming meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok this September.

The ARLS will enable the militaries of both countries to receive fuel, supplies as well as medical, repair, and maintenance services at ports and airports in either country via “cashless transactions”, with accounts to be settled later.

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