Putin: Skripal is traitor and scum

Putin: Skripal is traitor and scum

Putin: Skripal is traitor and scum

Moreover, the Pentagon has warned India that the purchase would violate us sanctions against Russia's military that went into effect this year.

That the US's establishment is anxious over the worldwide market potential of the Russian missile defence system became evident when the chairman of the US Arms Service Committee Mac Thornberry told the press in May, as quoted by The Hindu: "There is a lot of concern in the US, in both the administration and the Congress, over the S-400 system".

China was the first foreign buyer to seal a government-to-government deal with Russian Federation in 2014 to procure the missile system and Moscow has already started delivery of an undisclosed number of the S-400 missile systems to Beijing.

"We urge all of our allies and partners to forgo transactions with Russian Federation that would trigger sanctions under CAATSA", a State Department Spokesperson told PTI when asked about India's plan to purchase multi-billion S-400 missile defence system from Russian Federation.

But the United States has warned countries trading with Russia's defence and intelligence sectors they would face automatic sanctions under a sweeping legislation called Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) that President Donald Trump signed into law last August. China has also perturbed India by loaning vast amounts of money to countries such as Sri Lanka where it has long held sway.

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Russian Federation has already increased oil output by 400,000 bpd in accordance with the agreement with its partners, and if necessary, Russian Federation could raise it by another 200,000-300,000 bpd, Putin said. The missile system, manufactured by Almaz-Antey, has been in service in Russian Federation since 2007. "This traitor Skripal was caught, he was punished and did five years in prison", Mr Putin said. Despite the robust military cooperation, there was a drift in the ties as Russian Federation remained silent during the 2017 Doklam standoff with China, worked for a larger role in Afghanistan and even began selling arms to Pakistan. It has threatened sanctions if New Delhi goes ahead with the deal and all eyes are now on how Prime Minister Narendra Modi balances things and keeps both the relations without a lasting damage.

Putin is scheduled to call on President Ram Nath Kovind on October 5. He is also scheduled to interact with a group of talented children.

The last India-Russia bilateral summit was held in Russia on June 1, 2017. In May, Modi had travelled to the Russian coastal city of Sochi for an informal summit with Putin during which they discussed a range of crucial issues.

Expansion of nuclear tiesThe two countries are expected to conclude on an "action plan" for expanding civil nuclear energy partnership, a report by The Economic Times had earlier suggested.

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