S-400 and More: What to Expect from the Russian-Indian Summit?

S-400 and More: What to Expect from the Russian-Indian Summit?

S-400 and More: What to Expect from the Russian-Indian Summit?

President Putin is scheduled to hold formal talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

Earlier this year the USA threatened to impose sanctions over the purchase of S-400s against Turkey, which opted for the Russian-made systems after the US and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies refused to sell air defense systems to Ankara. While technical negotiations are still on for finer details of the deal, a memorandum of understanding is expected to be signed on a proposal to manufacture Russian AK-103 assault rifles in India in partnership with the Ordnance Factory Board. For months, there have been indications from New Delhi that it will sign the deal notwithstanding the USA sanctions.

A number of crucial energy deals are slated to be signed by the two countries during the bilateral summit.

"Our position was and is a very responsible one", Putin said at a plenary session of the Russian Energy Week forum. Sources said that details, including technology transfer and indigenous content, are being worked out.

As India looks to sign several big-ticket defence deals with Russian Federation on Friday, U.S. officials cautioned that even if India manages to get a one-time waiver from the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) law, it can not expect a "free ticket". He was received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the airport.

He added that an informal meeting would take place on October 4, in the course of which the sides would exchange opinions on worldwide and bilateral issues. "Looking forward to our deliberations, which will further enhance India-Russia friendship", the PM tweeted in Russian and English. "With the US" domestic legislation discouraging countries like India from engaging in "significant' trade with Russian Federation, there is a high-visibility political sub-text about how this deal will impact the India-US bi-lateral", said Commodore (retired) Uday Bhaskar, Director at Society for Policy Studies. The two leaders are likely to discuss broad aspects of a joint project in Afghanistan, which was agreed in Sochi. Russian Federation is also reaching out to Pakistan despite Indian reservations and is changing its tune on the Afghanistan issue. It wants to bolster ties with New Delhi to counter China's growing assertiveness, something that has also rattled India.

The website, Bellingcat, said the colonel had been made "Hero of the Russian Federation" by President Putin himself in 2014.

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