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Russia, India funds agree US$1b Indian infrastructure deal

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund and India's IDFC agreed on Thursday to invest up to US$1 billion in Indian infrastructure projects including in ports, toll roads and hydropower, to deepen economic ties between the two countries.

[NEW DELHI] The Russian Direct Investment Fund and India's IDFC agreed on Thursday to invest up to US$1 billion in Indian infrastructure projects including in ports, toll roads and hydropower, to deepen economic ties between the two countries.

The two investors will each commit up to US$500 million under the agreement, which was signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to New Delhi, RDIF said in a statement.

India needs hundreds of billions of dollars in investment if it is to modernise its creaking infrastructure, the poor state of which analysts say hinders the country's economic development.

REUTERS