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Putin, Modi hold talks to remove irritants in relationship

  • Indian policemen patrol outside the main venue of BRICS summit in Goa, India, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. The leaders of five big developing nations that banded together in 2009 as the so-called BRICS nations, are set to attend their annual summit Oct. 15-16, 2016 in a beach resort town in the western Indian state of Goa. But with their own economies now flagging, some analysts are questioning whether the group, consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, still has clout in representing nearly half the world's population and a quarter of its economy at $16.6 trillion. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    Indian policemen patrol outside the main venue of BRICS summit in Goa, India, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. The leaders of five big developing nations that banded together in 2009 as the so-called BRICS nations, are set to attend their annual summit Oct. 15-16, 2016 in a beach resort town in the western Indian state of Goa. But with their own economies now flagging, some analysts are questioning whether the group, consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, still has clout in representing nearly half the world's population and a quarter of its economy at $16.6 trillion. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indian para military force soldiers patrol securing the area behind the main venue of BRICS summit in Goa, India, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. The leaders of five big developing nations that banded together in 2009 as the so-called BRICS nations, are set to attend their annual summit Oct. 15-16, 2016 in a beach resort town in the western Indian state of Goa. But with their own economies now flagging, some analysts are questioning whether the group, consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, still has clout in representing nearly half the world's population and a quarter of its economy at $16.6 trillion. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    Indian para military force soldiers patrol securing the area behind the main venue of BRICS summit in Goa, India, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. The leaders of five big developing nations that banded together in 2009 as the so-called BRICS nations, are set to attend their annual summit Oct. 15-16, 2016 in a beach resort town in the western Indian state of Goa. But with their own economies now flagging, some analysts are questioning whether the group, consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, still has clout in representing nearly half the world's population and a quarter of its economy at $16.6 trillion. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)  (The Associated Press)

Leaders of India and Russia have begun their annual talks that are expected to conclude with new defense deals and the smoothing over of recent irritants in their decades-long close relationship.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who arrived in the western Indian state of Goa on Saturday, and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will discuss regional security issues and the threat posed by global terrorism. They also hope to stem the drift in their ties as India engages more closely with the United States.

Putin and Modi will lay the foundation stone of the next phase of a nuclear power plant that Russia has built in southeastern India. The two countries are also expected to sign a multi-billion dollar deal for the delivery of Russian-made anti-missile air defense systems.