India to get fast track delivery of Russian S 400 Air Defence Missile System

India to get fast track delivery of Russian S 400 Air Defence Missile System
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MOSCOW - Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov on Sunday said that Moscow will deliver S-400 air defence missile systems to India within 18-19 months.

"The advance payment has been received and everything will be delivered in strict accordance with the schedule, within about 18-19 months," Borisov was quoted as saying by ANI.

It is to be noted that External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar visited Moscow in August to meet his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and hold discussions over ways to further advance bilateral cooperation.

India had signed a USD 5.43-billion deal with Russia during the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit in New Delhi on October 5, 2019 for the purchase of five S-400 systems.

In July, 2019, a top US Navy commander had said that India acquiring the S-400 missile system from Russia is a "bit of a problem". "We're still in dialogue with them about that S-400. India is acquiring the S-400. It's a Russian air defence system. That's a bit of a problem.

Will you continue to dialogue? I, I think they intend to do that. I'm trying to clarify for them that the tactical and technical case that's so important here," US Indo-Pacific Command chief Admiral Philip Scot Davidson had said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.

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