World 05-10-2018

India purchases S-400 anti-aircraft systems from Russia

Russia has signed an agreement with India on Friday to supply five batteries of S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft defense systems to New Delhi.

"Both sides welcome the signing of the contract for the supply of the S-400 long-range ground-air missile system, " New Delhi and the Kremlin have reported in a joint statement.

The pact signed between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a value of 5 billion dollars. The S-400 is expected to be delivered to India in 2020.

Thus, both countries have challenged the US which threatened on September 22 with sanctions on India if it buys the S-400 system from Russia.

After the signing of the agreement, Putin and Modi have participated in a joint press conference, where the Russian president said that both countries seek to strengthen their bilateral cooperation in different areas in the United Nations Organization, the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Group of 20 (G20), as well as in the fight against terrorism.

"We will closely coordinate our work to strengthen security and cooperation in Asia, jointly combat current challenges and threats such as international terrorism, drug trafficking and cross-border crime," said the Russian leader who is in India to participate at the XIX India-Russia Annual Summit.

In the day today, Moscow has also agreed with New Delhi to develop a project to build six nuclear reactors in a new space, as reported by the Russian state energy corporation, Rosatom, in a statement.

"The parties intend, in particular, to develop a construction project in India of six energy blocks of Russian design in a new space, expand cooperation in third countries and interact in advanced directions of nuclear energy, in addition to the construction of nuclear power plants ", states the note.

For his part, Modi stressed that Russia has always supported the Asian country and "plays a crucial role in the history of the growth of India."

India, traditionally,buys a large amount of Russian weaponsand in recent years the United States, through discounts and other incentives, has tried to make New Delhi dependent, in part, less on Russian military weapons and equipment.

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