India and Russia signed on Monday a dozen accords in New Delhi in such areas as defense - with the delivery to India of war materiel worth some $3 billion - and the promotion of direct investment between the two countries.

At a meeting between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia promised to deliver 71 helicopters of the Mi-17V-5 model - 12 more than agreed to in 2010 - and 42 Su-30MKI fighters to be assembled in India, the IANS news agency reported.

After the meeting, Singh said in a communique that another principal point discussed in the meeting with Putin was the possible construction of two new nuclear reactors in the southern Indian town of Kudankulam.

For Singh, the development of the nuclear energy program is a "key pillar" in the bilateral relations between both countries, and said that, with the first two units almost completed, there has been "great progress" in the construction of another two.

The prime minister also said that bilateral trade between the two countries grew in 2012 by 30 percent over the previous year, but added that certain areas still remain to be developed, such as pharmaceuticals, services and infrastructure.

Russia and India issued a joint communique announcing that the goal of both countries is to reach $20 billion in mutual trade by 2015 and noted the level of their agreement on foreign policy.

The leaders asked those involved in the Syrian conflict to end the violence "immediately," and said it is only possible to deal with the Iranian nuclear program through "dialogue," while in Afghanistan they supported "efforts" to enter into talks with the Taliban.

Putin arrived in India on Sunday and returns Monday night to Moscow after meeting with, among others, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, as part of the annual summit meetings that the two countries established in 2000. EFE