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India's energy minister Dharmendra Pradhan on two-day visit to Russia

File photo: Dharmendra Pradhan. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Moscow, Russia Aug 29, 2019, 07.12 AM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal Edited By: Riya Gupta

Continuing the series of back to back visits from India to Russia in the last fortnight, India's energy minister Dharmendra Pradhan will be in Moscow starting Thursday for a two-day visit. 

Earlier this week India's external affairs minister S Jaishankar was in Moscow and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited too. 

Pradhan will meet Russian energy minister Alexander Novak and will review energy sector cooperation. He will be accompanied by heads of state-owned oil companies like Indian Oil Corporation.

"Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel together with Russian Energy Minister will participate in an Energy Dialogue with Russian and Indian Oil & Gas and Steel Companies.", a release from the petroleum ministry said.

Both sides are working towards the realisation of an "energy bridge" and Indian companies have invested more than $5.5 billion in Russian oil and gas sector. ONGC Videsh ltd along with Oil India and IOCL have invested in Vankor Field in eastern Siberia.

Other than that, energy minister will also talk about cooperation in oil and gas, steel and coal sectors. This will be his first overseas’ visit since his assumption of office. 

Dharmendra Pradhan will also hold a meeting with Yury Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation or President's envoy to Far Eastern Federal District.

Energy will be key topics of discussion when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok for the Eastern Economic Forum and annual India-Russia summit.

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Earlier this week India's external affairs minister S Jaishankar was in Moscow and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited too.