PM Modi, Vladimir Putin hold restricted meeting

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Jinnie Lee, a US Embassy spokesperson, said that intent of US' implementation of Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) is to impose costs on Russian Federation for its malign behaviour.

Over the past two years, India and the U.S. have signed two defense pacts that allow the use of each other's military bases for repairs and replenishment of supplies, and allow India to purchase advanced American military communications technology.

Technically this would not apply to the S-400 - touted as one of the most advanced and effective long-range interceptor-based air defense systems in the world. The deals emerging from the visit will cement and amplify the continued strength of the India-Russia relations even as the US-India relations continues to grow as the US-Russia relationship continues to plummet.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law an unpopular bill raising the retirement age by five years, the Kremlin said.

President Vladimir Putin sought Friday, October 5, to nail down billions of dollars worth of arms deals with India, as New Delhi walks a tightrope between Moscow and Washington with a wary eye on China.

"The S-400 range would enable India to track aircraft beyond its borders, making it a valuable asset as the People's Liberation Army Air Force extends its training and deployments closer to Indian territory", said Zoe Stanley Lockman, an associate research fellow at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University.

With the USA administration breathing down India's neck with sanctions under CAATSA and no presidential waiver in sight, India is still going ahead with multilateral-billion dollar deals with Russia emphasising the importance of India-Russia strategic partnership.

In talks with USA officials, India has stressed its need for the air defense system to strengthen its capabilities against the might of China, whose ambitions are moving New Delhi and Washington closer. "We shall maintain it in all earnestness", Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told PTI recently when asked whether the United States sanctions will hit India's defence ties with Russian Federation, especially after the signing of the S-400 missile deal.

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"I do not think that India would succumb to US pressure over the purchasing of the armaments from Russian Federation", he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi further said that his government brought a number of reforms in the FDI sector.

The bilateral talks between the two leaders are going on.

Putin added that Russian Federation will contribute to the implementation of "Make in India" initiative.

Significantly, the agreement for the estimated United States $5.43 billion (₹40,300 Crores) S-400 system was not referred to by either leader in their press statements.

The two leaders also signed a deal on space cooperation.

Putin, 65, and Modi, 68, are also set to discuss a possible second Russian-built nuclear power plant.

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