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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.  

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 5, 2018 10:43:10 pm
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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18:15 (IST)05 Oct 2018
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.

17:53 (IST)05 Oct 2018
Vladimir Putin emplanes for Russia after 2-day summit

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

17:38 (IST)05 Oct 2018
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.

17:10 (IST)05 Oct 2018
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.

17:01 (IST)05 Oct 2018
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

16:42 (IST)05 Oct 2018
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.

16:37 (IST)05 Oct 2018
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.

16:33 (IST)05 Oct 2018
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.

16:08 (IST)05 Oct 2018
India Russia joint statement
16:02 (IST)05 Oct 2018
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.

15:58 (IST)05 Oct 2018
PM Modi addressing a joint press meet with President Putin: Watch
15:44 (IST)05 Oct 2018
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.

15:08 (IST)05 Oct 2018
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."

15:01 (IST)05 Oct 2018
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.

14:50 (IST)05 Oct 2018
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.

14:46 (IST)05 Oct 2018
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. 

14:44 (IST)05 Oct 2018
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.

14:41 (IST)05 Oct 2018
WATCH LIVE: PM Modi, President Putin address the press
14:40 (IST)05 Oct 2018
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)

14:33 (IST)05 Oct 2018
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.

Vladimir Putin, Putin in India, narendra Modi, Putin in India LIVE, s-400 missile, India-Russia, India-Russia agreements, India-Russia bilateral summit, Indian express news 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.

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