Chinese Wary as Putin Visits India for Arms Deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the Russian Energy Week International Forum in Moscow on Wednesday

"CAATSA is not meant to impose damage to the military capabilities of our allies or partners", added Jinnie Lee in response to India's purchase of S-400 missile system from Russian Federation.

NEW DELHI-India signed a $5 billion deal to buy five Russian S-400 air defence systems on Friday despite a looming threat of USA sanctions on countries that trade with Russia's defence and intelligence sectors.

Putin is on a two-day visit to India to attend the nineteenth Indo-Russia annual bilateral summit.

The S-400's latest and most advanced missile system, the 40N6 SAM - the export variant of the missile is designated 40N6E - will most likely not be part of the initial delivery. "I am very happy that you have assured full cooperation of Russian Federation in this mission", Modi said.

"India being described as the bright star has become the sixth largest economy and is on way to become the fifth largest", the prime minister said.

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Earlier in the week, US President Donald Trump had taken a jibe at India saying New Delhi wants to please him by having a trade deal with America.

The strong statement denouncing cross-border terrorism assumes significance in the wake of India's long-standing ally Russian Federation warming up to Pakistan recently.

India had already given indications that it will go ahead with the deal notwithstanding the United States sanctions. The US is now India´s second biggest arms supplier.

The pact was signed during talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin here.

India has signed more than $15 billion in USA defence contracts since 2008, including for C-130J and C-17 transport aircraft, P-8I maritime patrol aircraft, Harpoon missiles and Apache and Chinook helicopters.

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The two countries have a little time to hash things out: the USA sanctions kick in when India starts paying for the missile systems, not from the time a deal is reached, experts said.

India's relations with the USA have also been hit by trade frictions, with New Delhi seeking an exemption from higher tariffs on steel and aluminum imports announced by President Donald Trump administration.

India and China had a stand-off over a Himalayan plateau previous year after it was claimed by both Beijing and Indian ally Bhutan. During his visit, India and Russian Federation are likely to sign about 20 pacts in areas ranging from defence, nuclear energy, space and economy.

"The sides noted the importance of further widening of energy cooperation between India and Russia taking into account the Indian side's interest in Russian energy assets, including natural gas, as well as in implementation of prospective joint projects in the field of renewable energy sources", the statement said.

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