'Russia-Pak exercises did not affect Putin's India visit prep'
October 13, 2016  22:13
Russia on Thursday said its recent military exercises with Pakistan had not affected the preparation for Russian President Vladimir Putin's India visit this week.

"The Indian partners did not link in any way their concerns (over military exercises with Pakistan) with the president's visit," Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov was quoted as saying by Russia's state-run TASS news agency. 

He made the remarks in response to a question about "whether the recent Russia-Pakistan military exercises in the zone considered by India as a disputed territory had affected the preparation of the Russian leader's visit". 

Russian President Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks in Goa on Saturday, ahead of the BRICS Summit. 

The Kremlin aide said that apart from the bilateral agenda, "the Russian and Indian leaders would discuss the situation in Syria, Afghanistan and other countries, and also the fight against terrorism".  

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