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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Indian Team Visits

NEW DELHI, India -- A top-level Indian defense team left for Moscow on Monday to finalize a draft agreement extending military cooperation between the two traditional allies for another 10 years, Indian officials said.

Defense Secretary Ajit Kumar led a nine-member team to Moscow to hold last-minute discussions with Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Mikhailov and other senior Russian officials, they said.

The Indian delegation will leave Moscow on Nov. 13.

Officials said the defense agreement would be officially extended during President Boris Yeltsin's scheduled visit to India next month.

The current pact allows India to import Russian hardware and spare parts, and provides for joint production of military equipment and army-to-army ties. It is due to expire in 2000.

India was the former Soviet Union's closest non-communist ally during the Cold War era. A majority of India's defense weapons and supplies come from Russia.