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Illegal bilateral brakes to deliver S-400 as planned: Russia | India News


NEW DELHI: Russia and India remain committed to the agreement for the acquisition of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system by the latter and will adhere to the timetable for its delivery, Russia said on Wednesday, even as the threat of US sanctions it still hangs over India. for the proposed purchase.
So far, the United States has refused to rule out an exemption for India from CAATSA (Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions) sanctions, leading to speculation that India could delay the acquisition. However, the Russian ambassador to India, Nikolay Kudashev, said both countries were committed to the timely delivery of the weapons system.
While discussing the outcome of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to India, Kudashev and Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin also said that Russia’s ties to Pakistan are based on “ their own merits. ” and that Moscow only had “ limitations ”. cooperation with Islamabad in the fight against terrorism and within the framework of the SCO. Babushkin said that Russia was following the situation in LAC and would continue to encourage disengagement efforts by India and China and promote a “ forward-looking and constructive dialogue, ” which was a precondition for regional stability. He said Russia would also encourage India and China to take advantage of multilateral platforms such as BRICS, SCO and RIC to resolve their differences.
“On the S-400 and other broader agreements, both parties are committed to the agreed deadlines. This commitment is being successfully fulfilled to the best of my knowledge and belief, ” said Kudashev.
“Together with India, we do not recognize bilateral sanctions as they are illegal tools of competition, pressure and even illegal and unfair blackmail, I should say so. The two foreign ministers clearly expressed this in the course of their exchange, “added the ambassador.
Yet while India continues to emphasize to the Russians that the Indo-Pacific is an inclusive initiative with Asean at its center, Kudashev described it as dangerous and said it reflected the “cold war mentality.”
When asked about Lavrov’s visit to Pakistan after his meeting with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar here, Babushkin said there were no misunderstandings or divergences with India about Russia’s ties with Pakistan. Lavrov had announced in Islamabad that Russia will supply special military equipment to Pakistan to assist in its counterterrorism efforts.
” Russia has limited cooperation with Pakistan compared to India. However, the fight against terrorism is our common agenda. Therefore, we also help Pakistan by providing counter-terrorism equipment and conducting specific exercises, ” Babushkin said, adding that Russia respects both the 1972 Simla Agreement and the 1999 Lahore Declaration.

Times of India