US, China look on as Putin seeks India arms deals

Aaron Brown
October 5, 2018

The signing of a deal for Russia's S-400 Triumf air defence system is the key feature of the visit. Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also discuss key regional and global issues, including U.S. sanctions on import of Iranian crude oil.

More than 20 agreements are expected to be signed during Putin's visit in areas such as defence, space and economy. Russian state-owned arms maker Almaz-Antey reportedly expects a 15 percent down payment upon the conclusion of the deal this week.

On Wednesday Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa said that once the Defence Ministry signs the contract, deliveries of the S-400 systems would begin in 24 months. Just $5 a month.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in India on Thursday for a two-day visit during which India is expected to sign a $5 billion deal to buy Russian S-400 air defense systems despite a new USA law ordering sanctions on any country trading with Russia's defense and intelligence sectors.

The S-400 is known as Russia's most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system. The S-400 is capable of destroying incoming aerial targets at a range of 400km.

He said that Russia is quite satisfied with an oil price range of 65-75 US dollars per barrel, which is sufficient to ensure the efficient operation of Russian companies and the investment process.

There are also the reports that India will also sign one more deal during the visit and might purchase four frigates from Russian Federation.

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The last India-Russia bilateral summit was held in Russia on June 1, 2017.

"It´s about time we showed that we are not going to be pushed around by Washington", R.R. Subramanian, a Delhi-based strategic affairs analyst, told AFP.

Vladimir Putin heads to India for a two-day visit, during which he will meet PM Narendra Modi.

"It is not practical to think India will be able to reduce its dependence on Russian Federation or it can close its options of buying from other countries", says defense analyst Amit Cowshish at the Indian Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses in New Delhi.

The senators also unanimously passed a bill criminalizing age discrimination in firing and hiring workers who are five years away from retirement.

Afghanistan though has been a sticking point, experts say, where Moscow wants to engage Taliban in the peace process - a prospect unacceptable to India.

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