Friday, October 14th, 2016

Modi and Putin to top their meeting with Triumf deal

MK Shukla | October 14, 2016 9:37 am Print
The Kremlin aide declined to comment on the details of the deal, suggesting that first the document should be signed

With critical negotiations completed, Russia and India have decided to sign a multi-billion dollar deal for S-400 Triumf long-range air defence missile systems on Saturday. This may be another high point of the multi-pronged deliberations on global security and terrorism between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Goa on the sidelines of BRICS summit.

“Following the results of the negotiations between our president and (Indian Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, an agreement will be signed on the delivery of S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems to India, as well as some other documents,” Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told TASS news agency on Thursday. Ushakov said part of the documents will be signed behind closed doors.

The Kremlin aide declined to comment on the details of the deal, suggesting that first the document should be signed. He added that overall, Russia and India were set to sign about 18 documents.

Russia also plans to sign an agreement on building Project 11,356 frigates for the Indian Navy and setting up a Russian- Indian joint venture to produce Kamov Ka-226T helicopters, the agency reported.

Following the results of their talks, Putin and Modi will adopt a joint statement to reflect their common approaches towards solving various global and regional issues.

Both sides will also approve a roadmap of measures timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The Russian presidential aide said Putin and Modi would hold their talks in Goa ahead of the summit of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping of leading emerging economies.

The Russian and Indian leaders are first expected to talk in a narrow format and then negotiations will be held at the level of delegations.

Russia’s delegation will also be represented by Vice- Premier Dmitry Rogozin, the heads of the Industry and Trade, Energy and Economics Ministries, state civil nuclear power corporation Rosatom and others.

India is interested in getting five systems of the most modern air defence system, capable of firing three types of missiles, creating a layered defence, and simultaneously engaging 36 targets.

It has the capability to destroy incoming hostile aircraft, missiles and even drones at ranges of up to 400 km. The Triumf system is manufactured by Almaz-Antey and has been in service in Russia since 2007.

If India signs the deal, it would be the second customer of the prized missile system after China which had struck a USD 3 billion contract last year.

The S-400, an upgraded version of the S-300, had previously been available only to the Russian defence forces.
After the talks, the Russian and Indian leaders will also take part in the ceremony of laying the foundation for the third and fourth power units of India’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant via a video conference, make statements for the media and hold a tete-a-tete lunch.

The Kremlin aide said that apart from the bilateral agenda, the Russian and Indian leaders would discuss the situation in Syria, Afghanistan and other countries, and also the fight against terrorism. Putin and Modi will also discuss cooperation in nuclear power engineering and military-technical cooperation.

The Kremlin aide replied in the negative to the question about whether the recent Russian-Pakistani military exercises in the zone considered by India as a disputed territory had affected the preparation of the Russian leader’s visit.

“The Indian partners did not link in any way their concerns with the president’s visit,” the Kremlin aide said.

MK Shukla
MK Shukla