Russia will soon complete the delivery of the third regiment of S-400 missile systems
Russian envoy Denis Alipov on Monday said in New Delhi that Russia will “soon” complete the supplies of the third regiment of the S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems to India as both sides are committed to the contract. Interestingly, Russia had already supplied the same S-400 missiles to China by December 2021 and China had already pointed these missiles against India in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh areas. It must be remembered that S-400 is having Chinese software, which means China can do remote tricks.
Interestingly, after getting full money of more than Rs.25,000 crore in 2019, Russia was delaying the delivery of S-400 missiles, while supplying the same missiles to China. Russia ditched India?
“It will be completed in the very near future…Both sides are committed to completing the whole contract and we certainly will do that. Nothing prevents that,” Russian Ambassador to India Dennis Alipov said on Monday in New Delhi at a media interaction. The Russian envoy to India was replying to a question on the missile system supplies at a conference on India-Russia ties. Russia has already completed supplies of the first two regiments of the missile systems.
Asked whether he sees any role for India in ending the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, Alipov said Moscow is open to any serious talks on ending it diplomatically. “As my Foreign minister says that we are open to any serious proposition whosoever offers them. We are open to any serious talks on ending it diplomatically,” he added. “At the moment, there are none. If India wants to take a more active part in that, we will certainly listen to India very very closely and we will examine all the proposals in a very serious manner,” he said.
“But whether India wants to get involved into this very very complicated conflict, I do not think that is a question for me,” he said. The Russian envoy also described his country’s defence ties with India as “unprecedented”.
“The licensed production in India of T-90 tanks, the SU-30MKI fighters, AK-203 assault rifles, and a whole lot of armaments and components fully comply with the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiatives,” he said, adding that: “The unique joint venture on supersonic cruise missile BrahMos is a role model. Russia and India are committed to all agreements, including the contract for the advanced S-400 Triumf air defence systems that are being implemented.”
In October 2018, India signed a USD 5 billion deal with Russia to buy five units of the S-400 air defence missile systems, notwithstanding a warning by the US that going ahead with the contract may invite US sanctions under the provisions of Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
Russia started delivery of the first regiment of the missile systems in December 2021 and it has been deployed to cover parts of the border with China in the northern sector as well as the frontier with Pakistan.
 S-400 deal – Did Russia ditch India by delaying start of supply to end-2021? China has already placed S-400 missiles system in Tibet aimed at Ladakh – Dec 22, 2020, PGurus.com
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