Putin labels poisoned spy Sergei Skripal a 'scumbag' and 'traitor'

Serbian president arrives in Moscow after Kosovo border crisis

Serbian president arrives in Moscow after Kosovo border crisis

On Tuesday, Putin's top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov had confirmed that the Russian President will oversee the signing of the S-400 air defence systems deal.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, when asked whether Putin would discuss a possible S-400 deal, confirmed that military cooperation was on the agenda but said he could provide no further detail.

"The value of the contract will be more than $5 billion", he added.

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

The Russian S-400s are now the best complexes in their class. India has "healthy pragmatism", and it doesn't want "to somehow annoy" Washington by purchasing them, Aleksey Martynov, a director of the International Institute of the Newly Established States group, told RT.

Referring to CAATSA (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act), under which the Trump administration has imposed sanctions on military deals with Russian Federation, she said it is an American law and not a United Nations law and India has conveyed its position on the issue to the US.

Indian Air Force Chief Birender Singh Dhanoa said on Wednesday that the S-400 and the 36 Rafale fighter jets purchased from France - a 2016 deal mired in political controversy - represent a "booster dose" for the country. The sale proceedings have gone forward, however, with Doha calling the purchase its "sovereign" decision.

The S-400 is an upgraded version of the S-300 systems.

EAM takes on Pakistan for 'breeding terrorism', calls for UNSC reforms
He further added, "Pakistan knows how to tackle India should it make a mistake". India's address at the UNGA will begin at 7:15 pm.

However, the U.S. is in a hard position when it comes to India. The two are slated to discuss a number of key regional and global topics, including the USA sanctions on Iranian oil.

India and Russian Federation also have the option of working more closely through multipolar forums such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and Brics.

Here is all you need to know about the anticipated S-400 defence deal between India and Russian Federation.

"No country is facing the kind of grave threat that India is confronted with". Sources in New Delhi told The Indian Express these will cover areas such as nuclear, space, economic issues, among others.

India is going into this year's summit from a position of economic strength - the country is ranked by the International Monetary Fund among the world's ten biggest economies of 2018 - while Russian Federation is grappling with a host of economic woes brought on by the lack of reforms and the impact of Western sanctions.

But ties received a boost a year ago when Modi and Putin held a fruitful annual bilateral summit, followed by meetings in Astana and at the G20 in Germany.

SME co-operation The Centre on October 3 approved signing of an agreement to promote co-operation between small and medium enterprises of the two countries.

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