Despite US sanctions on Russia, India to go ahead with S-400 missile deal

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India has decided to go ahead with the S-400 Triumf air defence missile deal with Russia irrespective of the US sanctions on military transactions imposed on Moscow.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the government has made it clear to the US that it will go ahead with the missile deal.

Interacting with reporters at her office in New Delhi, Sitharaman said that CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act), under which the Trump administration has imposed sanctions on military deals with Russia, she said it is an American law and not a UN law and India has conveyed its position on the issue to the US.

“Our defence relation with Russia has endured several decades and we have conveyed about it to a US Congressional delegation which visited India recently,” Sitharaman said and added that talks with Russia over the defence deal is close to being finalised.

The defence minister said it may take two-and-a-half to four years to implement the S-400 missile deal after it is signed.

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