- India had signed a USD 5 billion deal with Russia in October 2018 for the purchase of five units of the S-400 air defense missile system, bypassing the apprehension of US sanctions.
Russia’s Ambassador to India Denis Alipov said Russia and India are fully committed to ensuring that defense cooperation between the two strategic partners remains “unimpeded” by the Ukraine crisis and the “barriers” created by “negative external factors”. to be reduced effectively.
‘Regular dialogue between the two countries regarding the defense sector’
The Russian envoy said that the process of supplying the S-400 surface-to-air missile system from Russia to India is progressing smoothly. He said that the two sides are having regular dialogues on important issues related to mutual relations in the defense sector.
There is a possibility of delay in the supply of military equipment
Alipov’s remarks come at a time when some quarters in India have expressed apprehensions that Russia’s supply of key military systems and other equipment to the Indian armed forces may be delayed due to the conflict in Ukraine.
‘Both countries successfully reducing obstacles’
Alipov said, “Cooperation in the defense sector is one of the key pillars of the strategic partnership between Russia and India. Both our countries are very motivated to ensure that this cooperation continues uninterrupted. “We have been able to successfully reduce the barriers created by negative external factors and adjust to the new realities by using alternative payment and logistics options,” he said.
Asked specifically about the supply of the S-400 missile system, Alipov said, “It is proceeding smoothly as per schedule.”
India had signed a USD 5 billion deal with Russia in October 2018 for the purchase of five units of the S-400 air defense missile system, bypassing the apprehension of US sanctions.
‘Our leaders communicate regularly’
“Our leaders have a personal understanding, they communicate regularly and demonstrate deep mutual understanding,” Alipov said. President (Vladimir) Putin’s visit to New Delhi in December 2021 was a historic event. There were many opportunities for him to interact in international forums like BRICS, SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) and G20.