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India to go ahead with S-400 missile deal with Russia despite U.S. sanctions

Staff Writer | July 14, 2018
Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said the S-400 Triumf air defence missile deal with Russia will go ahead despite U.S. sanctions on military transactions with Moscow.
Defense   S-400 is known as Russia's most advanced missile defence system
Talking to reporters at her office, Sitharaman said that negotiations are in final stages with Russia for the S-400 missile.

"Our defence relation with Russia has endured several decades and we have conveyed about it to a U.S. Congressional delegation which visited India recently," she was quoted as saying.

She said that the U.S. Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) is an American law and not a UN law, thus it's not applicable to India.

The minister said it may take two-and-a-half to four years to implement the S-400 missile deal after it is signed.

S-400 is known as Russia's most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system.

India intends to procure long-range missile systems to tighten its air defence.

Reports said in 2016, India and Russia had signed an agreement on the Triumf interceptor-based missile system, which can destroy incoming hostile aircraft, missiles and even drones at ranges of up to 400 km.