Russia-India missile deal: Forgo transactions or face sanctions, warns US

Russia-India missile deal: Forgo transactions or face sanctions, warns US

Russia-India missile deal: Forgo transactions or face sanctions, warns US

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S-400 air defence system The focus of the summit will be an agreement on the S-400 air defence missile system. India wants to procure the long-range missile systems to tighten its air defence mechanism, particularly along the almost 4,000-km-long Sino-India border.

Moreover, the Pentagon has warned India that the purchase would violate US sanctions against Russia's military that went into effect this year.

The sale of Russian long-range surface-to-air missile systems is a sticking point as it is unclear whether India will receive a waiver from Washington on US sanctions meant to punish Russia for its annexation of Crimea and alleged interference in the 2016 USA elections.

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"India has been concerned about a possible two-front war in which it has to face some form of confrontation from Pakistan and China at the same time", said Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, New Delhi-based foreign policy analyst and Foreign Affairs Editor at Hindustan Times newspaper. The system, which would be delivered by 2020, would strengthen IAF's capacity to protect critical assets and limit strike abilities of the Pakistani air force.

The S-400 is considered as the most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system. So the Russian S-400s are being seen as a good solution.

There are also the reports that India will also sign one more deal during the visit and might purchase four frigates from Russian Federation. Moscow is now expanding India's biggest nuclear power plant in Kudankulam.

Russian Federation and India have had warm ties since Stalin died in 1953. Both leaders will also meet with young Indian and Russian student "geniuses" who have excelled in studies, as a part of an educational exchange programme.

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