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World News: India, Russia strike trade, arms deals during Putin visit Updated: 2021-12-07 09:40:08 KST

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Russian President Vladimir Putin in New Delhi on Monday, as the two leaders agreed to a massive arms and trade deal, that will further expand defense ties between the nations.
The massive deal includes a 5.4 billion U.S. dollar missile defense system sale to India, which was first agreed upon in 2018.
In addition to the missile defense system deal, India and Russia signed a 600 million dollar deal to locally manufacture hundreds of thousands of Russian AK-203 rifles, as well as an additional agreement to extend cooperation between the nations on military technology for the next decade.
The two countries already have deep ties in this area, as India's military has largely depended on Russian equipment for decades.
India and Russia have also agreed to set an ambitious goal of more than tripling their bilateral trade to 30 billion dollars by 2025.

Pope Francis said Monday that he's willing to go to Moscow to visit Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, which would mark the first ever trip by a pope to the Russian capital.

'It is on the horizon, in the not too distant future, a meeting with the Patriarch, Kirill. But I am not sure. I am always available. I am also ready to go to Moscow."

Pope Francis and Kirill first met in Cuba in 2016, marking the first ever meeting between a pope and leader of the Russian Orthodox Church since the great schism that split Christianity into Eastern and Western Branches in 1054.
Despite expressing hope for a trip to the Russian capital, the pope would require an invitation from President Vladimir Putin.
The announcement of the potential trip is expected soon, including the time and location of the meeting.

December 7th will be remembered forever in the United States, as it marks the day Japanese forces attacked the U.S. naval base in Pearl Harbor.

"December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."

On Tuesday, the U.S. will commemorate 80 years since attacks that shook the country, so focused on the war in Europe, it lost sight of the threat posed by Japan.
The attack which took the lives of over 23-hundred Americans, leading the U.S. to enter the second World War, and the eventual defeat of Japan in August 1945.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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