India and Russia today signed the 5.2 billion defence deal

In a move that could invite tough sanctions from US, India and Russia today signed the 5.2 billion defence deal which will enable India to acquire 5 of the world’s most lethal surface-to-air missile system. The deal has been an issue of much speculation after US President Donald Trump’s administration’s law — Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) — came into effect in January.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed the $5 billion deal for India to procure world’s one of the most advanced air defence system, the S-400 Triumf missile shield on Friday. The system is expected to be delivered by 2020. The two nations also signed deals for more space cooperation. An Indian monitoring station will be built near the Russian city of Novosibirsk in Siberia.

S-400 is known as Russia’s most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system. China was the first foreign buyer to seal a government-to-government deal with Russia in 2014 to procure the lethal missile system. Moscow has already started delivering undisclosed number of the S-400 missile systems to Beijing. The S-400 is an upgraded version of the S-300 systems. The missile system, manufactured by Almaz-Antey, has been in service in Russia since 2007.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a restricted meeting here on Friday ahead of delegation-level talks of the annual bilateral summit. Modi received Putin at the Hyderabad House here and the two leaders warmly shook hands and hugged each other obliging cameramen.

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