Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in New Delhi today on a two-day visit. India and Russia are likely to sign a deal to get S-400 air defence systems and discuss key regional and global issues, including US sanctions on the import of Iranian crude oil.
India and Russia are likely to sign about 20 pacts in areas ranging from defence, nuclear energy, space and economy during Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s two-day visit to India. The focus during the visit will be on the S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems agreement with a top Kremlin aide saying Tuesday that Russian President Putin will oversee the signing of the “USD 5 billion deal”. Vladimir Putin is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.
The focus of the summit will be an agreement on the S-400 air defence missile system. India is seeking the long-range missile system to strengthen its air defence mechanism, especially along the border with China. The S-400 is considered as the most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system. China too had purchased the S-400 missile system from Russia in 2014.
There is a Joint Working Group on counter-terrorism between India and Russia where both sides discuss a common strategy to counter threats emanating from terrorism, extremism and radicalism. Cybersecurity is also a part of the conversation. A senior official told India Today TV, “The advantage of the annual summit is to put to rest such doubts.”
Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters in Moscow that Russia and India plan to sign more than 20 documents at the end of the talks. “Apart from a conversation tete-a-tete, the sides will have talks with restricted attendance, then talks in an extended format, and then a working breakfast as a continuation of the latter talks where ministers and leading businessmen will be present,” Ushakov said, according to Russian news agency TASS. Ushakov was appointed Putin’s aide in 2012 and was Russia’s ambassador to the US for 10 years from 1998.