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Modi and Putin to ink $5bn missile deal despite US threat

Defense cooperation to top agenda of India-Russia meeting in New Delhi this week

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladmir Putin are expected to sign a $5 billion deal over missile defense systems at a summit in New Delhi this week.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladmir Putin are expected to sign a deal in New Delhi this week for Moscow to supply S-400 air defense missile systems at a cost of over $5 billion, despite the threat of U.S. sanctions.

The two countries have been negotiating the deal since 2015. The purchase of five S-400 Triumf missile systems and associated equipment is expected to boost India's defense capability along its borders with nuclear-armed Pakistan and China. The S-400 is Russia's most-advanced long-range surface-to-air missile system and is planned for induction in the Indian Air Force by 2022.

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