India and Russia will sign ''about a dozen agreements'' during the upcoming visit of President Vladimir Putin here, providing a powerful impetus to further development of the Strategic Partnership between the two countries.
Russian Ambassador to India, Alaxender Kadakin told mediapersons ahead of Putin's visit next week, that, "Matters of bilateral, regional and international interest, including the ''burning issue'' of Syria, will be topping the agenda of the leadders of both countries."
Asserting that India and Russia would continue to be close friends, the Ambassador said that although Russia's relations with Pakistan and China were also good, but New Delhi and Moscow were strategic partners and close friends.
Kadakin said Russia would like India's relations with Pakistan to improve but it did not mean that Moscow wanted to play intermediary role.
With China, he said, Russia wanted India-China problems to be resolved. ''It is a meticulous process...It took us thirty years to resolve our probelms with China,'' he said, adding, Russia would not do anything that would harm India's interests.
Responding to a question on the delay in the delivery of aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov (rechristened INS Vikramaditya), the Ambassador said it was a very sophisticated weapon system and Russia wanted to give the best technology to India which it had not given to anybody else.
The aircraft carried which was delivered by Russia by December end, would not be given before 2013 end now, Defence Minister A K Antony had said in Parliament recently.
To a question on the issue of spare parts for Defence equipment supplied by Russia to India, the Russian envoy said some weapons were supplied by the erstwhile Soviet Union to India and therefore, the production of such spare parts had stopped.
He said Russia was now talking with India for opening service centres, like the one opened for helicopters. On the Kudankulam issue he hoped that stage three and four issues of the nuclear power would be settled since ''active negotiations'' were taking place.