India to sign big ticket military purchases with Russia, heres why

issue is under spotlight because the purchase of missile defence system will invite the threat of U.S. sanctions.

Whether or not India will sign on the dotted line with Russia to purchase the missile defence system S-400, will be known over the next week.

This is because the Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit India as part of bilateral summit level talks.

The issue is under spotlight because the purchase of missile defence system will invite the threat of U.S. sanctions.

The US has already sanctioned Chinese institutions for buying out of Russia.

It is said that the contract covers 10 batteries, worth a total of $6.2 billion, Russia’s media reports said.

A separate deal to supply four frigates to India, may also be signed during Putin’s visit on October 4-5, the official said.

The Russian side however is confident that despite India going ahead and buying Russian weapons systems, the American sanctions will not be imposed.

This is because the Americans are too keen for India to buy their weapons too.

The S-400 missile system has been in service since 2007 and is a popular Russian export weapon.

It can shoot down aircraft and missiles at a range of 400 kilometers (about 250 miles).

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