US Reacts To India-Russia Sign Missile Deal, Says Won't Hurt Allies: 10 Points

US Reacts To India-Russia Sign Missile Deal, Says Won

US Reacts To India-Russia Sign Missile Deal, Says Won't Hurt Allies: 10 Points (file image)

New Delhi: The deal of acquiring S-400 Triumf, arguably the world's most lethal surface-to-air missile system, has been signed between India an Russia, brushing off a threat of sanctions from the US. On Friday, the $5-billion pact was signed between PM Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, along with a raft of other agreements ranging from nuclear power to space exploration. The US, reacted to the deal and said that it did not want to hurt military capabilities of its "allies or partners". After the bilateral meeting with Mr Putin, PM Modi said, "Russia has stood by India through time and has played a crucial role In India's growth story."

Here's 10 points:

1. PM Modi said, "In this fast-changing world, our ties have grown at a fast pace. With time, the relations between our countries have gone from strength to strength," in a joint statement with Mr Putin.

2. The warnings of US sanctions were disregarded by the US, to go ahead with the S-400 deal. The announcement of the deal was also kept low-key. "As and when the government approves it, delivery (of the missiles) will be in 24 months," Air Force chief BS Dhanoa has told reporters.

3. One of the world's most advanced long-range air defence systems, the S-400 was first acquired by China in 2014. The deliveries of an undisclosed number of the S-400 missile system has been started by the Russia to Beijing.

4. It has been hoped by India that the President of the United States Donald Trump's administration will give it a waiver on the weapons systems which New Delhi sees as a deterrent against China whose growing military muscle has spooked Washington too.

5. The US, in its first reaction to the deal from the embassy in Delhi, said that the sanctions on Russia were intended to impose costs for its "malign behaviour" and not "impose damage to the military capabilities of our allies or partners". The US said that it cannot prejudge any sanctions decisions, the waivers, if any, will be considered on a transaction-by-transaction basis.

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6. Several agreements were signed between India and Russia related to space, nuclear energy and railways. The two leaders reportedly discussed key regional and global issues, including US sanctions on import of Iranian crude oil.

7. Apart from the pact to help develop six nuclear power projects in India, Russia also agreed to train astronauts for India's first crewed space mission "Gaganyaan" in 2022.

8. The Russian President said that "We have agreed to step up cooperation with India in combating the menace of terrorism and drug trafficking." Mr Putin, who was on a two day tour of India was accompanied by a high-level delegation that includes Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Trade and Industry Minister Denis Manturov.

9. This is the third meeting between Modi and Putin this year after an informal meeting in the Russian resort city of Sochi in May and a bilateral on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in South Africa in July.Russia is one of only two countries with which India holds annual bilateral summits, the other being Japan.

10. The two countries have been close since the 1950s and Moscow is credited to be India's biggest source of weaponry. But Indo-Russian annual trade has slipped below $10 billion since 2014, as PM Modi cultivated closer diplomatic and economic ties with Washington, while Russia has courted Pakistan and China.

(With inputs from news agency)

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