Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma is in India for the 2016 BRICS summit.
Zuma is expected to hold a separate meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review their nations’ bilateral relations.
The leaders are also expected to discuss a plan for cooperation in the near future as well as a wide range of political, economic and security issues.
India and Russia announced plans to set up a joint venture to build helicopters in India, which will also buy surface-to-air missile systems from its former Cold War ally, as the two tighten their military relationship.
The summit is the eighth annual international relations conference attended by the heads of state of the five member states – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.