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Dharmendra Pradhan to embark on 3-day visit to Moscow


New Delhi: Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan will pay a two-day visit to Moscow beginning from August 29.

Pradhan will lead a business delegation from oil and gas as well as steel sectors to the capital city of Russia, Officials said.

This will be first overseas’ visit of the Union Minister since his assumption of office in the second tenure of Narendra Modi government at the Centre.

Official sources said, Pradhan and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak will review cooperation in the energy sector, in the run-up to the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister to Vladivostok to participate in the 5th Annual Eastern Economic Forum as the Chief Guest and the 20th Annual Bilateral Summit between the two countries during the first week of September 2019.

Discussions will focus on further strengthening bilateral energy cooperation, including in oil & gas, steel and coal sectors. The Indian steel sector is exploring ways to ensure raw material securitization for its stakeholders.

Pradhan will also meet the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and the Presidential Plenipotentiary to the Far East of Russia to discuss the follow-up on the collaborative activities identified by Indian companies during their visit to Far East Russia earlier this month.

Pradhan and Russian Energy Minister will also participate in an Energy Dialogue with Russian and Indian Oil & Gas and Steel Companies.

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