Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, visited Russia to attend the VII Moscow Conference on International Security from April 3-5, 2018, and met Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Mr Denis Manturov in Moscow. Both the leaders reviewed ongoing military technical cooperation projects between the two countries, including measures to promote India-Russia joint industrial activities under the Make in India programme with respect to defence production, especially for after-sales support. They also discussed participation of Russia in DefExpo India 2018.
Later, Smt Sitharaman met Russian Defence Minister General Sergey Shoygu and discussed issues of bilateral importance, especially Military-to-Military Cooperation and other regional issues in a delegation level talks. These included a review of the roadmap of military cooperation involving exercises, training, exchange of visits, and India's participation in International Army Games to be held in Russia later this year.
In the evening Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman attended a concert by Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan to mark the closing of the year-long celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of India-Russia diplomatic relations.