Published: Sat, November 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Putin: Russia to deliver S-400 missiles to India as planned

Putin: Russia to deliver S-400 missiles to India as planned

Russian Federation plans to ship S-400 surface-to-air missile techniques to India on schedule, President Vladimir Putin stated on Thursday.

"But if the US president arrives, surely, he and I will meet in Moscow", Putin said at a summit of the BRICS grouping of countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. "Our Indian colleagues have not asked to speed anything up, it's all going fine", Putin told reporters at a summit of BRICS countries in Brazil.

India announced its intention to acquire S-400 "Triumf" surface-to-air missile systems in 2015.

In August this year, President Putin spoke to his USA counterpart over the phone regarding bilateral trade and the raging wildfires in Russia's Siberia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is welcoming the withdrawal of government troops and separatist militants in Eastern Ukraine.

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Last week, Trump said he was weighing up an invitation from Putin to attend the Victory Day parade in Moscow next year.

The US has opposed the S-400 deal with Russian Federation with the Trump administration threatening to impose sanctions on the states that are acquiring weapons and military hardware from Russian Federation.

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.

However, India has told the United States that it does not intend to give up the deal for the purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defence missile systems.

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar told his USA counterpart Mike Pompeo in Delhi in June that India would take into account its national interests when dealing with other countries. The S-400 can hit targets up to a distance of 400 km and a height of 30 km.

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