Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Skripal poisoning: Putin denounces ex-spy as 'scumbag'

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Russia will maintain its dialogue with other oil-producing countries to ensure market stability and stimulate the sustainable development of the sector, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

The Russian president will be meeting Modi in the evening.

Why India is buying S-400 missile system? Going ahead with the "significant" defence deals will also be a message about India's "strategic autonomy" despite its dependence on both U.S. and Russian Federation.

The Russian leader, a former intelligence officer himself, said the Skripal scandal had been artificially exaggerated, but he thought it would fade from the headlines at some point.

This Tuesday, Moscow announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin and PM Narendra Modi will oversee the signing of S-400 air defence missile system amounting to more than $5 billion following the annual summit on Friday.

The purchase will violate sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) instituted by the US Congress on arms purchases from Russian Federation, but American lawmakers have allowed the possibility of a presidential waiver.

India will ask the United States for a special waiver for the purchase - as discussed by their defence and foreign ministers in New Delhi last month - but Washington has signalled there is no guarantee it will accede.

"The administration has indicated that a focus area for the implementation of CAATSA Section 231 is new or qualitative upgrades in capability - including the S-400 air and missile defence system". It came in the form of a reference made by a senior USA administration official to the Chabahar Port being jointly developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan. "We shall maintain it in all earnestness". Several agreements are expected to be signed after the talks.

Apart from S-400 missiles, Moscow is also likely to ink $2.5 billion deal for four more Krivak/Talwar class stealth frigates for the Indian Navy. Reports suggest that the issue may be taken up during the bilateral meet.

"India has been concerned about a possible two-front war in which it has to face some form of confrontation from Pakistan and China at the same time", said Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, New Delhi-based foreign policy analyst and Foreign Affairs Editor at Hindustan Times newspaper.

Russian state atomic energy corporation, Rosatom, is the consultant and equipment supplier for the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu, which envisages the construction of six 1,000 MW reactors.

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