US miffed with Russia’s $5 Billion Missile Defense Deal with India
Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting India on Thursday to attend a two-day India-Russia bilateral summit. During his visit, signing of a $5 billion deal to supply S-400 air-defense systems to India, will be a major achievement.
However, the United States appears to be miffed with the upcoming deal, as it has warned India of sanctions if the deal concludes. According to Pentagon, India would offend US sanctions against Russia’s military and defense sector by purchasing the avant-grade weapon systems.
Putin’s visit to India is scheduled on October 4-5 at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sources say that Russia has been long-negotiating deals with India to sell the S-400 long-range surface-to-air missiles.
“The main highlight of this visit will be the signing of the pact to deliver S-400 air-defense systems. The worth of the deal will be more than $5 billion,” Putin’s top foreign-policy aide, Yury Ushakov said.
Ushakov also said that Russia has “traditional and long-standing” military relationship with India and it looks forward to more of defense deals with the nation.
India has got stuck amid diplomatic spats, as the S-400 sale has alarmed the Washington, which is planning to build a defense relationship with India to obstruct China’s growing military presence across Asia. The wants India to cut down its dependence on Russian technology.
According to the sources, India has indicated to seek Washington’s approval for a special waiver from the sanctions to acquire the S-400 systems. Congress enforced legislation this year that has empowered the president to waive off the sanctions for countries that are building and upholding defense relationships with Washington.
While US legislators said they had a special consideration for India while passing the waiver legislation. However, a senior Pentagon official notified New Delhi last month that there was no assurance it will get an immunity from the sanctions.
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