S-400 Triumf missile deal with Russia will go ahead despite US sanctions, says Defence Minister

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said the S-400 Triumf air defence missile deal with Russia will go ahead despite the US sanctions on military transactions with Moscow. Ms Sitharaman was talking to reporters in New Delhi yesterday.

Referring to the 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.

The Defence Minister said, India’s defence relation with Russia has endured several decades and Government has conveyed about it to a US Congressional delegation which visited India recently. She said negotiations with Russia for the S-400 missile deal have almost come to conclusion.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.

There has been mounting concerns in India over the US sanctions against Russian defence majors including Rosoboron export as billions of dollars of military purchases may be impacted because of the punitive measure.

The US had announced sanctions against Russia under the stringent law for its alleged meddling in the American presidential election in 2016.

India wants to procure the long-range missile systems to tighten its air defence mechanism, particularly along the nearly 4,000-km-long Sino-India border.

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