India has signed a $5bn deal to buy a Russian S-400 air defence system despite the looming threat of sanctions by the United States on countries that trade with Russia’s defence and intelligence sectors.
The two leaders are expected to ink nearly 20 bilateral agreements in areas such as defence, nuclear energy, space exploration and trade.
The Kremlin said the $5bn missile deal was a “key feature” of the agreements. Officials confirmed the deal was signed after Putin and Modi made no reference to it during a news conference following their talks.
India, Russia formally ink the deal for S-400 air defence system. The bond between both the nation will attain new heights of development.
— Dr. Rutvij Patel (@DrRutvij) October 5, 2018
However, it is unlikely sanctions will be waived.
India’s PTI news agency quoted a US State Department spokesperson as saying the “S-400 air and missile defence system” would be a particular focus for the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
CAATSA was passed to sanction any country that trades with Russia’s defence and intelligence sectors.
The US did not spare China from sanctions last month when it purchased the S-400 systems and fighter jets.