Russia to deliver S-400 anti-aircraft systems to India, confirms Putin

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Brazil: Russia is proceeding with the plan to deliver its hallmark S-400 surface-to-air missiles to India according to schedule, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed on Thursday to reporters at the BRICS summit in Brazil.

“As far as the S-400 deliveries are concerned, everything is going according to plan. Our Indian colleagues have not asked to speed anything up, it’s all going fine,” Putin said at the summit of BRICS countries.

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The Russian President also told reporters that he had discussed supplying the S-400 missile defence system to India with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The clarification comes after India had agreed last year to buy the S-400 anti-aircraft missiles from Russia, despite the United States (US)’ warnings that the purchase could trigger sanctions against it.

The S-400 anti-aircraft weapons system is developed by Russia’s Almaz Central Design Bureau and has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2007. It has been called “one of the best air-defence systems” of current times.

India has said that the weapons systems are needed to defend its territories against China.