February 26, 2021
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India-Russia military cooperation   The 16th India-Russia summit in Moscow cleared the path for a few more joint projects in defence sector. This helped Russia make an emphatic comeback as India’s trusted and strategic partner. The summit helped propel Russia in the top slot of India’s main defence partner. This was spearheaded by a Prime Minister who has in recent months shown much more proximity to the US and Western leaders. During the visit, the two leaders, Modi and Putin, witnessed the inking of joint defence agreements in the area of helicopters and air defence missiles etc. The joint statement issued after the summit recognized the fact,” both sides reaffirmed that military-technical cooperation remains one of the key elements of the special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries.” Prior to the departure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Russia on 23rdDecember, the Defence Acquisition Council of the Defence Ministry headed by the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had cleared the acquisition of the S-400 air defence missile system Triumph. Though there was no direct announcement of the deal, which was supposed to be the biggest of deals in recent years worth six billion dollars for acquiring five such missile systems. After the talks Prime Minister Modi said, “we have had excellent conversations over the past two days and very productive outcomes, it has deepened my conviction tha
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