Putin: Russia plans to deliver S-400 missile system to India on time

“Russia plans to supply a surface-to-air ‘S-400 missile’ system to India as per schedule,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin. His statement came at a time when there is a warning from the US about this deal. India had expressed its desire to acquire the surface-to-air missile system ‘S-400 Triumf’ in 2015. This agreement worth US $ 5.43 billion was signed during President Putin’s visit to India last year. 

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the BRICS summit held in the Brazil capital Brasilia on Thursday, Russian president Putin said, “When it comes to the supply of the S-400 everything is going according to plan.”

Official news agency Tash quoted Putin “The Indian counterpart (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) did not ask for anything about S-400 because everything is going well”. S-400 deal of India with Russia was opposed by trump administration and US had threatened that US will ban nations which buy weapons and military equipment from Russia. 

Senior US officials warned India that it could be banned under the US Dealing with Opponents CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) rule for S-400 deal. The law prohibits defense purchases from Russia, Iran and North Korea. However, India told the US that it had no intention of canceling the purchase of the Russian ‘S-400 air defense missile system’. 

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar told his US counterpart Mike Pompeo in Delhi in June that India would take into account its national interests when dealing with other countries. The S-400 is a long-range state-of-the-art air defense missile system that has been in service in Russia since 2007. The S-400 can hit targets up to a distance of 400 km and a height of 30 km. The official said, “Everyone knows the terms of the contract’s implementation: By 2023 this system is to be supplied to India by all circumstances.”

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