Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will visit Moscow and St. Petersburg during his state visit to Russia on November 4-7, Indian Ambassador to Russia Krishnan Raghunath told a news conference in Moscow Wednesday According to him, while in Moscow the Indian Prime Minister is expected to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, other top officials and representatives of the State Duma (the lower house of the Russian parliament). In addition, Vajpayee will visit the Moscow State University where he will be presented with an honorary doctorate and will meet representatives of the Indian community in Moscow - businessmen, students and distinguished men of culture. The Indian Prime Minister's visit is an important event in the relations between our countries, the Ambassador said drawing attention to the fact that this is a state visit. In his opinion, it underlines the quality of the relations between our countries. He regards these relations as remarkable and enduring, characterized by great stability and an absence of any serious problems.
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