Russia says delivery of S-400 missile systems proceeding well

Russia says delivery of S-400 missile systems proceeding well

Russian ambassador Denis Alipov said that Russia's delivery of S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems to India is proceeding well in accordance with the schedule.

The envoy said he was in New Delhi over possible delays in the supply of major military hardware to India by Russia in view of its military invasion of Ukraine.

The best-of-a-kind S 400 systems delivery is going well according to schedule, according to Alipov.

He said that Russia-Indian multidimensional cooperation is one of the most elaborate ones in the world.

In the piece, Alipov said that Russia and India continue to implement flagship initiatives that make the cooperation unparalleled.

In this context, he cited the Kudankulam nuclear power plant project in Tamil Nadu and various ambitious defence partnership programmes under the framework of Make in India and Aatmanirbhar Bharat self-reliant India initiatives.

Referring to defence projects, Alipov listed the joint venture for the production of AK 203 rifles, combat aviation and the manufacture of main battle tanks as well as frigates, submarines, Brahmos supersonic missiles and other missile projects.

Russia began the delivery of the first regiment of the S-400 missile systems in December last year, while it began providing the second regiment in April.

The missile system has already been deployed in such a way that it can cover parts of the border with China in the northern sector as well as the border with Pakistan.

Russia said in March that there will not be a significant impact of western sanctions against it on the supply of S-400 missile systems to India.

After its military invasion of Ukraine, Western countries have imposed severe sanctions on Russia.

In October 2018, India signed a USD 5 billion deal with Russia to buy five units of the S-400 air defence missile systems despite a warning from the Donald Trump administration that going ahead with the contract could lead to US sanctions.

Russia is a major supplier of military hardware to India. The two countries have been talking about payment mechanisms that could work between them because of the western sanctions on Moscow.

India has not voted on the UN platform in condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine, unlike many other leading powers.

India has been pressing for the resolution of the crisis through diplomacy and dialogue.