MOSCOW, Nov. 14 (Reuters) – Russia has started supplying India with S-400 air defense missile systems, Russian news agencies reported on Sunday citing Dmitry Shugayev, the head of the military cooperation agency. Russian.
The supplies expose India to US sanctions under a 2017 US law designed to deter countries from purchasing Russian military equipment. Read more
“The first supplies have already started,” Interfax said quoting Shugayev on Sunday at an aerospace show in Dubai.
He said the first unit of an S-400 system will arrive in India by the end of this year.
The $ 5.5 billion deal for five long-range surface-to-air missile systems, which India says it needs to counter a Chinese threat, was signed in 2018.
India faces a series of financial sanctions from the United States under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which designates Russia as an adversary alongside North Korea and Iran for his actions against Ukraine, his interference in the 2016 US elections and his aid to Syria.
New Delhi has said it has a strategic partnership with the United States and Russia, while Washington has told India it is unlikely to get a waiver from CAATSA.
Last year, the United States imposed sanctions citing CAATSA on NATO ally Turkey for the acquisition of S-400 missiles from Russia. The sanctions targeted Turkey’s main defense procurement and development agency, the Presidency of Defense Industries.
Washington also withdrew Turkey from a program of F-35 stealth fighter jets, the most advanced aircraft in the US arsenal, used by NATO members and other US allies.
Russia has said it has offered Turkey assistance in the development of advanced fighter jets, but no deal has been reached so far.
“We are still at the stage of negotiations on this project,” the new RIA agency said on Sunday, citing Shugayev.
Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle
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