Russia, India Extend Military Cooperation Deal During Putin-Modi Summit

Russia, India Extend Military Cooperation Deal During Putin-Modi Summit

Andrew H. Sweet

The two signed a slew of bilateral defense agreements, including a deal for the production of assault rifles, during President Vladimir Putin's visit to New Delhi on December 6.

In addition, the two countries are planning long-term cooperation on coal, shipbuilding, fertilizer, steel, and skilled labor, India's foreign secretary, said after the meeting in New Delhi.

Harsh Vardhan Shringl said that Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed interest in furthering oil and gas investments in each other's countries.  They agreed on strengthening the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and discussed extending maritime cooperation in the Indian Ocean.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced ahead of the summit that an agreement to supply India with S-400 air-defense missile systems would go ahead despite what he described as efforts by the United States to undermine the deal.

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