Medvedev cuts short visit to IndiaDecember 5th, 2008 - 10:19 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Dec 5 (ANI): Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is cutting short his visit to India and returning home as Russian Patriarch, Alexei-II, head of the Orthodox Church died in Moscow.
Medvedev, who arrived in New Delhi last night on a three-day visit will leave for Moscow on Friday evening.
According to Russian officials, he has also cancelled his tour to Italy.
Russian Patriarch Alexy-II was instrumental in the post-Soviet spiritual revival of the country.
Medvedev was scheduled to leave on Saturday morning.
On Friday, India and Russia signed a landmark agreement on civil nuclear cooperation.
Russia and India have seen a growth in bilateral trade this year, which increased in the first nine months of 2008 by 41.6 per cent to 3.8 billion dollars year-on-year.
The last Russian-Indian summit was held in November 2007, when Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh visited Russia. (ANI)
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