Vladimir Putin India visit Live updates: India and Russia today signed 8 key pacts after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and and visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin held wide-ranging talks during the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit here. In a joint statement issued after the talks at Hyderabad House, PM Modi said that today’s talks with Putin have given a new direction to Indo-Russia strategic partnership. He exuded confidence that the special strategic partnership between India and Russia will achieve new heights. Modi informed that Russia has “committed full support to India’s first manned space mission Gaganyaan”. India has set the 2022 deadline for country’s first human space flight.
Meanwhile, official sources told The Financial Express that India and Russia also signed an agreement on the purchase of the $5 billion S-400 Triumf missile system despite the US warning. The US had warned that it will impose sanctions on countries doing business with Russia, Iran and North Korea under the new law – Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
Speaking later, President Putin said that Moscow will step up cooperation with New Delhi in fighting the menace of terrorism and drug trafficking. Putin added that he also informed the Prime Minister about the prevailing situation in Syria and discussed the US sanctions on Iran. Last month, Washington had imposed sanctions on China for buying fighter jets and S-400 missile system.