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Russia says it will assist India in submarine probe


File photo showing the sailors, on board a submarine, perform a drill during the Presidents fleet review in Mumbai in 2011. An explosion and a major fire broke out at INS Sindhurakshak submarine on Wednesday morning. Photo: PTI.

MOSCOW (PTI): Russian naval engineers will help Indian Navy in its investigation into the explosion on Sindhurakshak, the submarine which sank in Mumbai port after blasts on Wednesday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.

He told Russian news agency Ria Novosti that Russian specialists do not see any technical failure as the likely cause behind the incident.

Rogozin, who looks after the defence industry, said he had instructed United Shipbuilding Corporation, a state-owned ship building company, to send more specialists to Indian "in agreement with the Indian side to provide all assistance necessary to our Indian friends".

"I have instructed the United Shipbuilding Corporation to send more specialists in agreement with the Indian side, to take part in the investigation of the tragedy and to provide all assistance necessary to our Indian friends," said Rogozin.

The submarine had recently returned after a major upgrade programme in Russia.

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