In a bid to revive the decades or alliance, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly agreed upon boosting ties to support each other for various purposes, making on bilateral cooperation and resolving current international issues like terrorism. Just a day after the telephonic conversation between the two leaders, Russia affirmed that the S-400 Triumf Defence Missiles are “due in time” and will soon be delivered.
India and Russia have been long-term allies since decades, but after India’s weighing relations with the US and Russia’s Chinese diplomacy had caused a drift in the relations since about two years. With an intention to reset the drift and join hands for alliance, PM Modi and Russian President Putin reportedly made a telephonic conversation on Tuesday, during which, the two focused on strengthening ties to enhance counter-terrorism as well as “agendas to revive the special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India”.
President Putin reiterated the invitation to the annual Eastern Economic Forum in September 2019 and invited Prime Minister Modi for the same during the India-Russia annual bilateral summit held in New Delhi in October. Moreover, both the leaders agreed upon ‘India-Russia cooperation’ as an important role in the global multilateral order. All the deals, talks, and concerns on various respective topics show the strengthening of relations between both the countries.
Within a day after the telephonic communication, Russia on Wednesday confirmed that there will be no delays in the delivery of the S-400 Triumf air defense systems worth Rs 40,000 crore to India, which was inked in October. This missile system will significantly enhance India’s air defense capability – quotes Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. In a statement to Lok Sabha, the Centre ensured the deliveries from October next year and they will be completed by April 2023. Moscow has also affirmed it won’t be pressured by US sanctions while finalizing big-ticket military hardware deals with New Delhi.