S-400 Missile Systems Delivery To India By 2025 (Image: Russian Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin) (Photo Credit: Twitter/ANI )
Russian Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin on Friday asserted that all S-400 air defence missile systems will be delivered to India by 2025. While talking to the news agency ANI, Roman Babushkin said, “We will give 5 S-400 missiles defence system (to India) by 2025. Russia is possessing one of the world's best defence system and it would serve well for Indian security.” He further added that the production of S-400 missiles is already begun.
On China's attempt to raise the issue of Kashmir at the Security Council, the Russial official said, "It's a strictly bilateral matter to discuss between India and Pakistan based on Shimla Agreement and Lahore Declaration. "Those having doubts over India's approach on Kashmir can go there, we don't have any doubt," he added.
“External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will visit Russia on March 22 and March 23 to attend a meeting of the Russia-Indian-China trilateral,” Kudashev concluded.
On October 5, 2018, India had signed the $5 billion deal to purchase S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia during President Vladimir Putin’s two-day visit to New Delhi. However, the US had earlier warned India against the defence deal with Russia. Under the amended Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), President Trump has the authority to grant a waiver to India for the deal with sanctions-hit Russia.
It is worth mentioning here that S-400 is an upgraded version of the S-300. Previously, the missile defence system had only been available to the Russian defence forces. The S-400 the missile defence system manufactured by Almaz-Antey and has been in service in Russia since 2007.
(With PTI Inputs)