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Modi-Putin summit HIGHLIGHTS: India, Russia seal S-400 air defence system deal despite US warning

PM Modi, Vladimir Putin summit HIGHLIGHTS: India and Russia sealed the USD 5 billion S-400 air defence system deal and signed eight pacts in areas ranging from defence, nuclear energy, space and economy.  

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India October 5, 2018. Yuri Kadobnov/Pool via REUTERS

After wide-ranging talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin, Indian and Russia on Friday signed the USD 5 billion S-400 air defence system deal in New Delhi, PTI reported. Modi and Putin also signed eight pacts, including on cooperation on India’s ambitious human space mission project Gaganyaan, at the 19th India-Russia annual bilateral summit. The signing of defence deal between the two countries comes amid the US warning.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in India on Thursday for the two-day annual India-Russia bilateral summit. He held official talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, after which the leaders delivered a joint statement. India and Russia signed eight pacts in areas ranging from defence, nuclear energy, space and economy.

The Russian head of the state, who was accompanied by a high-level delegation, was received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi yesterday. PM Modi had hosted a private dinner for the Russian president at his official residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg on Thursday night, and both leaders talked about a host of issues.

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Putin met President Ram Nath Kovind before leaving for Russia

Before leaving India, President Putin also met President Ram Nath at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday.

Vladimir Putin emplanes for Russia after 2-day summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves India after 2-day summit with PM Modi

Indo-Russia business summit: Business leaders from the two countries meet Putin, Modi

Business leaders from the two countries interacted with PM Modi and Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of Indo-Russia business summit today.

US sanctions aimed to punish Russia, not to damage military capabilities of our allies: US

Moments after India and Russia signed S-400 deal air defence system deal, the US embassy in India said that the US sanctions were aimed to punish Russia, not to damage military capabilities of 'our allies', reports PTI.

PM Modi, Putin meet a delegation of talented children from Sirius Educational foundation Russia

A delegation of talented children from Sirius Educational foundation Russia visited @AIMtoInnovate to develop joint projects that were showcased to the leaders of the two countries @KremlinRussia_E #DruzbaDosti

India-Russia trade rises 20 per cent in 2017-18: PM Modi

Speaking over Indo-Russia bilateral trade ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Russia can become our partner in the new and renewable energy sector. He said that the world has changed but the relationship between India and Russia has remained same and the trade between the two countries has risen to 20 per cent in 2017-18.

Russia a privileged strategic partnner: PM Modi

"We don't leave a chance to meet each other. The world is changing, but the friendship between India and Russia never changed," says PM Modi at India-Russia Business Summit. He said that over the previous years, India's ties with Russia are at a new high.

PM Modi speaks at the business summit with Russian President Putin: Watch

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at the business summit with Russian President Putin.

India Russia joint statement

Eight pacts signed after Modi-Putin summit

Eight pacts, including on cooperation on India's ambitious human space mission project Gaganyaan, were signed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday held the India-Russia annual summit in New Delhi, reports PTI. Official sources were quoted as saying by the news agency that the two countries also signed the USD 5 billion S-400 air defence system deal after talks between the two leaders in Hyderabad House.

Talks with President Putin have given new direction to the bilateral strategic partnership, Modi said in a press statement after the 19th India-Russia annual summit. Pacts were also inked in the fields of space, nuclear energy, railways and space. A crucial MoU was signed between Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Federal Space Agency of Russia ‘ROSCOSMOS' on joint activities in the field of human spaceflight programme Gaganyaan.

India and Russia are committed to cooperating in the fight against terrorism, Modi said. President Putin said the two countries have agreed to step up cooperation in combating the menace of terrorism and drug trafficking.

PM Modi addressing a joint press meet with President Putin: Watch

India, Russia sign USD 5 billion S-400 deal

After wide-ranging talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, India and Russia signed the USD 5 billion S-400 air defence system deal on Friday, PTI reported. The agreement was signed in the presence of both the leaders at the 19th India-Russia annual bilateral summit. The S-400 missile defence system deal could result in US sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) instituted by the US Congress on arms purchases from Russia. The US has urged its allies to forgo transactions with Russia, warning that the S-400 missile defence system that India wanted to buy would be a 'focus area' for it to implement punitive sanctions against a nation undertaking 'significant' business deals with the Russians. American lawmakers, however, have allowed the possibility of a presidential waiver.

Russia, India to cooperate at international platforms

Putin says: "We will strengthen cooperation in industry and investment, agriculture, medicine, pharmaceuticals etc. A Russian railways company will help India build modern railroads, Russia will assist India in exploring outerspace, etc.  For decades, Russia and India has been cooperating in the area of defence.  Russia and India concur at international platforms on key issues, including coordination at UN, BRICS, SCO and G20. We will combat terrorism threats, drug trafficking and transborder crime."

Kudankulam plant in Tamil Nadu: Fourth, fifth unit being constructed

Russia pitches for Indian energy companies to invest in its country. Putin says he and Modi have discussed in detail Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu--the fourth and fifth units of the plant are being constructed and the fourth and fifth will be constructed next. He adds that according to India's agreement with Russia, 12 units will be built in the next 20 years.

Discussed increasing mutual investments up to $15 billion: Putin

Mutual trade grew by 21% last year exceeding USD 9 billion, and this year it has been 20%, says Putin. 'If we proceed moving at this pace, we will reach our goal faster,' Putin says. He invites Modi to Russia as its main guest at the Vladivostok Forum in Sept 2019.

President Putin speaks

Putin says India is where Russia finds friendship, mutual respect and sympathi. The joint statement outlines plans and prospects for a long time, he adds. The documents signed today aims to develop ties between the countries. 

PM Modi: India, Russia ties have been given fresh energy

We must continue cooperation in international organisations, PM Modi tells Russian President. He adds that there will be an increase it our ties after today's discussion, and help increase peace and stability in this world in these challenging times. "I can say with full confidence, that our friendship is unique," he says as he concludes speaking.

WATCH LIVE: PM Modi, President Putin address the press

PM Modi: Ties are at a new high between India and Russia

Your visit has helped our ties. Today, the decisions we have taken will give impetus  to our relations. From trade, investment, technology and energy, to economic cooperation, our relations are now diversified, PM Modi said. 'We have taken ties beyond the conventional dimension. Russia has always stood by India,' he adds.

(ANI Photo)

PM Modi, Putin deliver statement

India and Russia are signing pacts on defence, railways and energy. PM Modi says the meeting in Sochi made it possible for us to have detailed discussions today. India gives priority to ties with Russia. In this fast-changing world, our relations are more relevant, he adds.

19th India-Russia Bilateral Summit underway

MEA tweets on Modi, Putin meeting this morning. This is the 19th India-Russia Bilateral Summit

PM Modi, President Putin talks begin.

PM Modi, President Putin talks begin. They will brief the press after their bilateral talks. The leaders are expected to cover a range of issues today, from reviewing security ties to economic cooperations. (Express Photos/Anil Sharma)

India, Russia, US — What's happening?

One of the key agreements that is likely to be inked between the two countries is a $5 billion S-400 air defence missile system, which will be crucial for India in the case of a two-front war. India is considering buying 5 units. The US is involved as the Russian manufacturers of the S-400 system, Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defence Corporation JSC, are on US' CAATSA list, which means India's deal with the country could invite sanctions.

On a side note, a bulk of India’s military equipment is of Soviet/Russian origin — including the nuclear submarine INS Chakra, the supersonic Brahmos cruise missile, MiG and Sukhoi fighters, the Il transport aircraft, the T-72 and T-90 tanks, and the Vikramaditya aircraft carrier.

Read this Express explainer on what S-400 air defence system deal with Russia means to India.

PM Modi, Russia President Putin meet today — Their past meetings

PM Modi had met Putin in Sochi for their first informal summit after Putin's r-election in May. During the meeting, Modi had Putin had talked defence, and cooperation between the countries. They reiterated the significance of their military, security and nuclear energy ties. They had agreed to word together through multilateral organisations such as the United Nations, SCO, BRICS and G-20. In July, the two met on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg. They had held comprehensive discussions on bilateral issues of mutual interest, especially in trade, investment, energy, defence and tourism.

From Indra-2018 to S-400 air defence system — what to expect at Modi-Putin summit today

PM Narendra Modi and Russian premier Vladimir Putin will hold official talks today. Like last night, the talks are expected to be held in the company of only a few aids of the two leaders. They will discuss a range of issues, and sign over 20 pacts in areas of defence, economy, nuclear energy etc. One of the outcomes of the summit we will be looking for is the joint counter-terrorism exercise, Indra-2018, set to be held from November 18 to 28. Secondly, the $5 billion S-400 air defence systems deal. The two leaders will address a press conference after their talks.

Putin's first day in India: Here's what he did

Here's a wrap of Putin's first day in India Thursday: The Russian President arrived in the country and was received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. He met PM Narendra Modi at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, where the Prime Minister hosted an official dinner for him. During the one-on-one interaction, the two discussed a range of "strategic issues"..

(Photo via PTI)

Putin's agenda in India on Friday

Here's what Putin is doing in India today. He arrived in the country on Thursday, and will depart this evening. He is scheduled to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 11 am. PM Modi had hosted a dinner for the Russian President on Thursday night, where the two are said to have discussed 'strategic issues'. You can read more about the dinner here.

  • 1100 hrs: Meeting with Prime Minister of India, Venue: Hyderabad House,
  • 1130 hrs: Delegation Level Talks
  • 1330 hrs: Exchange of Agreements and Press Statements, Venue: Hyderabad House
  • 1430 hrs: Interaction with group of talented children, Venue: Central garden, ITC Maurya
  • 1530 hrs: Address India-Russia Business Summit, Venue: Kamal Mahal, ITC Maurya
  • 1630 hrs: Meeting with the President, Venue: Rashtrapati Bhawan,
  • 1740 hrs: Emplane

Our deliberations will further enhance India-Russia friendship: PM Modi

"Welcome to India, President Putin. Looking forward to our deliberations, which will further enhance India-Russia friendship," PM Modi tweeted.

Modi greets Putin before meeting

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Russian President Vladimir Putin before their meeting in New Delhi, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Putin arrived in India for a two-day visit. (PIB Photo via PTI) 

PM hosts dinner for Russian President Putin

PM Modi and Russian president Vladimir Putin on Thursday met each other and held a discussion on a host of issues, including bilateral cooperation and strategic issues. The prime minister has hosted a one-on-one dinner for Putin at his official residence in New Delhi, reports PTI.  Earlier, Modi received Putin at his 7, Lok Kalyan Marg residence. Putin, who arrived in New Delhi Thursday evening on a two-day official visit was received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

The PM later hosted one-on-one dinner for Putin, official sources said. "Welcome to India, President Putin. Looking forward to our deliberations, which will further enhance India-Russia friendship," the PM tweeted in Russian and English. Putin, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will hold the 19th India-Russia annual bilateral summit during which the two leaders are expected to review bilateral defence cooperation in the wake of the US sanctions against Russian defence majors.

Explained: What S-400 air defence system deal with Russia means to India

The Russian government has confirmed that President Vladimir Putin will oversee the signing of the S-400 air defence system deal with India after his arrival Thursday. The over $5-billion deal, whose signing during the visit is “quite likely” according to India, was delayed after it qualified for sanctioning under a new US law targeting the regimes in Moscow, Tehran and Pyongyang. What is S-400, and why does India need it? How did the deal run afoul of Washington, and what has changed since to allow its signing? READ MORE

Usual bonhomie visible between Modi-Putin as both embrace each other

PM Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet each other in New Delhi on Thursday. 

Putin-Modi meet each other with hug, handshake

Russian President Vladimir Putin and PM Narendra Modi met each other in New Delhi on Thursday. The two leaders are likely to discuss bilaterla ties ahead of 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit on Friday.

19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit on Friday

The 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit will take place here on Friday during which Modi and Putin are expected to review bilateral defence cooperation in the wake of the US sanctions against Russian defence majors, reports PTI. The two leaders are also likely to deliberate on key regional and global issues, including US sanctions on import of Iranian crude oil. The focus during the visit will be on the S-400 Triumf air defence missile system agreement, with a top Kremlin aide saying Tuesday that Russian President Putin will oversee the signing of the USD 5 billion deal.

Long standing and time-tested friendship: MEA upon Putin's arrival in Delhi

Putin, who was received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, is accompanied by a high-level delegation.

20 agreements to be signed tomorrow; Russian prez will oversee signing of the S-400 air defence systems deal

A man pedals his trishaw in front of a hoarding showing images of Russian President Vladimir Putin and India
A man pedals his trishaw in front of a hoarding showing images of Russian President Vladimir Putin and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a street ahead of Putin's visit, in New Delhi, India, October 4, 2018. (REUTERS)

Putin was received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for his two-day visit to India. He was received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in India on a two-day visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in New Delhi on a two-day visit to India. He landed at Air Force Station Palam. The Russian premiere will hold bilateral summit with PM Narendra Modi on Friday. 

India, Russia to sign the multi-billion-dollar S-400 surface-to-air missile system deal tomorrow

According to a media report, India and Russia will sign a deal for the multi-billion-dollar S-400 surface-to-air missile system this week. Moscow has been negotiating to sell the S-400 long-range surface-to-air missiles to India for months, reports PTI. The signing of the deal for Moscow's most advanced air defence system will be overseen by Russian president Vladimir Putin, who is visiting New Delhi on October 4-5 for the annual India-Russia summit, the report said quoting a top Kremlin official said.

Here is the itinerary of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to India


His Excellency Mr Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, October 04 - 05, 2018.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

1840 hrs: Arrival in Delhi, Venue: New Dispersal Area, AFS Palam, Photo Op: AV Media

1930 hrs: Meeting with Prime Minister, Venue: 7, Lok Kalyan Marg

Friday, October 05, 2018

1100 hrs: Meeting with Prime Minister of India, Venue: Hyderabad House, Photo Op: AV Media

1130 hrs: Delegation Level Talks

1330 hrs: Exchange of Agreements and Press Statements, Venue: Hyderabad House, All Media

1430 hrs: Interaction with group of talented children, Venue: Central garden, ITC Maurya, Agencies Only

1530 hrs: Address India-Russia Business Summit, Venue: Kamal Mahal, ITC Maurya, Contact Organiser CII/DIPP

1630 hrs: Meeting with the President, Venue: Rashtrapati Bhawan, Photo Op: Agencies Only

1740 hrs: Emplane

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The Russian-built S-400 Triumf — identified by NATO as the SA-21 Growler — is the world’s most dangerous operationally deployed modern long-range surface-to-air missile system. (Wikipedia)

India and Russia are expected to sign over 20 pacts in issues relating to defence, economy and technology. One of the key agreements expected to be inked is a $5 billion deal for S-400 missile defence system, intended to act as a shield against incoming ballistic missiles.

On Tuesday, Putin’s top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov had confirmed that the Russian President will oversee the signing of the S-400 air defence systems deal. This was the first official confirmation from the Russian government at the highest level of the deal, which is worth more than $5 billion, about the signing of the agreement.

The Russian-built S-400 Triumf — identified by NATO as the SA-21 Growler — is the world’s most dangerous operationally deployed modern long-range surface-to-air missile system, and is considered much more effective than the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system developed by the US.

Express Explained: What S-400 air defence system deal with Russia means to India

The S-400 is a mobile system that integrates a multifunction radar, autonomous detection and targeting systems, anti-aircraft missile systems, launchers, and a command and control centre. It can be deployed within five minutes, and is capable of firing three types of missiles to create a layered defence. It can engage all types of aerial targets including aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and ballistic and cruise missiles within a range of 400 km, at an altitude up to 30 km. It can simultaneously track 100 airborne targets, including super fighters such as the US-built F-35, and engage six of them at the same time.