The Russian Foreign Minister also said that the S-400 agreement has very important practical significance for an Indian defense capability and that the agreement has been implemented.
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The United States has undermined the India-Russia agreement on the S-400 defense system, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, adding that the United States had tried to make India ” obey his orders, ”but New Delhi told them it was a decision of a sovereign country. to strengthen its defense system.
Speaking to ANI, the Russian Foreign Minister also said that the S-400 agreement has very important practical significance for an Indian defense capability and that the agreement has been implemented.
Washington had indicated that Russian S-400 systems could trigger CAATSA sanctions. CAATSA is a federal law of the United States that imposes sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act CAATSA authorizes the US administration to impose sanctions on countries that purchase major defense materiel from Russia in response to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and its alleged interference with them. 2016 US presidential elections.
“The S-400 agreement does not only have symbolic significance. It has very important practical significance for an Indian defense capability and the situation is essentially ongoing. The agreement has been implemented. We have at times seen part of the United States undermine this cooperation and force India to obey orders from the United States to follow the American vision on how this region should develop, and our Indian friends have clearly and firmly explained that they are a sovereign country and that they will decide which weapons to buy and who will be a partner of India in this and other fields, ”Lavrov said.
Lavrov also stressed that this defense cooperation is in the interest of both countries.
“It is confirmed and it is mentioned today that the Russian-Indian relations were characterized and remained particularly marked by the strategic partnership, and certainly the meeting of military, technical and defense cooperation which took place this morning and my Bilateral meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Jaishankar is a manifestation that this cooperation is in the interest of both countries, “he said.
Sources in the Indian defense industry said that elements of the air defense system have started to reach India and will first be deployed to a location close to the western border from where it can do in the face of threats from both parts of the western and northern borders with Pakistan and China.
The S-400 air defense system was contracted by India under a contract worth around Rs 35,000 crore and five squadrons would be provided to India to combat air threats until at 400 km.
Sources said the equipment was being transported to India by sea and air. Sources said that after the deployment of the first squadron, the Air Force will begin to focus on the eastern borders and provide resources for personnel training in the country.
Alexander Mikheev, managing director of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, said the first Russian anti-aircraft missile (PRO) system air defense system regiment S-400 will be delivered to India from here the end of 2021.
“All the goods of the first regimental set of S-400 will be delivered to India at the end of 2021”, said Mikheev, quoted by the Russian news agency Sputnik. He added that deliveries started earlier than expected.
The United States has not commented on a possible lifting of sanctions against India for its purchase of the S-400 missile defense system from Russia, a State Department spokesman said, noting that the law Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions (CAATSA) does not have a general or country-specific waiver provision.
Joe Biden’s administration has also urged “all of our allies, partners” to desist from deals with Russia that risk triggering sanctions under CAATSA, the spokesperson said in response to reports that Russia had started delivering the S-400 to India.
India had signed a $ 5.43 billion deal with Russia for the purchase of five S-400 surface-to-air missile systems at the 19th annual India-Russia Bilateral Summit in New Delhi in October 2019, for long-term security needs.