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Working hard to ensure early supply of S-400 missile systems to India: Russia

New Delhi, Nov 12 (PTI) Russia on Thursday said it was working very hard to advance the supply of the S-400 surface-to-air missiles to India even though the …

New Delhi, Nov 12 (PTI) Russia on Thursday said it was working ‘very hard’ to advance the supply of the S-400 surface-to-air missiles to India even though the delivery of the first batch of the weapons system is scheduled by the end of next year.

At an online media briefing, Russian Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin also said that both sides are working on a mutual logistics support agreement and close to seal a multi-billion dollar deal under which an Indo-Russian joint venture will produce 200 Kamov Ka-226T attack helicopters for the Indian armed forces.

Asked whether the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) signed between India and the US will have security implications in operation of Russian-origin platforms by the Indian armed forces, Babushkin did not give a direct reply, but said Moscow’s defence ties with India are immune to any ‘restrictions and foreign interference’.

‘We are watching quite closely the relations in strategic areas between India and other nations including the US, of course. But at the same time we are absolutely sure that whatever ties India is developing with other nations, they would not be at the expense of Russia’s interests,’ he said.

Last month, India and the US inked the landmark BECA agreement that will provide for sharing of high-end military technology, geospatial maps and classified satellite data between their militaries.

‘As far as our defence cooperation with India is concerned, it is immune to any restrictions and foreign interference, because it reflects national interests of both…

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