India, Russia ink S-400 defence deal, sign eight pacts at annual bilateral summit; US gives guarded

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India and Russia on Friday formally sealed the USD 5 billion S-400 air defence system deal and signed eight pacts at the annual bilateral summit in New Delhi even as the US gave a guarded response over the development.

The signing of defence deal between India and Russia may invite US sanctions. However, in a guarded statement, the US embassy in New Delhi said that its intent to slap sanctions against Russia was not aimed at imposing damage to the military capabilities of its allies or partners, PTI reported.

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The US reaction came shortly after India concluded a deal for purchase of S-400 missile defence system from Russia. After wide-ranging talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed the defence deal despite the US warning. Both the sides also talked about taking decisive action without double standards to tackle the menace of terrorism. 

India-Russia sign eight pacts

Both the sides signed eight pacts in areas ranging from defence, railways, nuclear energy, space and economy. A crucial MoU was signed between Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Federal Space Agency of Russia ROSCOSMOS on joint activities in the field of human spaceflight programme Gaganyaan.

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