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Russia's S-400 air defence system

Despite Covid, 100+ IAF personnel are in Russia on S-400 missile training as delivery nears

The delivery of the S-400 missile system was originally scheduled to begin in 2020, but the deadline was extended after payments to Moscow were delayed.
Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center | Photo: Twitter | @DmitriTrenin | ThePrint

China not happy with arms supply, but Russia-India friendship unshakeable: Carnegie Moscow head

Dmitri Trenin says Russia can’t be dictated to by another country, adds that real test for India from Moscow’s perspective is how it tackles S-400 deal issue with US.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Vladimir Putin, at Sochi, Russia | PTI

Modi-Putin 2+2 meeting shows Indian foreign policy not constrained by bloc politics

It is in the best interest of the Quad, particularly the US, to have Russia engage with a like-minded partner such as India rather than falling deeper into China’s embrace.

PM Modi thanks Russian President Putin for support in countering second Covid wave

In a telephonic conversation, the two leaders agreed to establish a '2+2 ministerial dialogue' between foreign & defence ministers to add further momentum to the bilateral ties.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at Hyderabad House on 6 April 2021 | Twitter: @ANI

Jaishankar’s slip of tongue, Lavrov’s Pakistan trip — why all’s not well with India-Russia

Tensions between Jaishankar and Lavrov are a tell-tale sign that 'time-tested' India-Russia ties are shrinking because both sides are not willing to be sensitive towards each other.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar in New Delhi on 6 April 2021 | Twitter | @DrSJaishankar

India-Russia ties can grow despite differences. We don’t agree on everything with US either

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit allowed us to reiterate the durable positives in our ties and address issues on which our views do not converge.
File image of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov | Twitter | @mfa_russia

Russia Foreign Minister Lavrov to visit India next week, Putin could follow for annual summit

During his visit, Sergei Lavrov is likely to meet his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar, and could also call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (left) and the visiting US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin | Ministry of Defence

Lloyd Austin’s Delhi visit upgrades India-US ties. Russia watching

From gaining hi-tech defence equipment to having increased say in Afghanistan peace process, India is set to benefit from closer US ties.
UNSC

India and Russia agree to work closely on key issues at UNSC

The Ministry of External Affairs said both sides held bilateral consultations in Moscow Tuesday on issues which are on the agenda of the UN Security Council.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla arrives in Russia for two-day visit

On his first foreign visit of 2021, Shringla said travelling during Covid times gives an indication of the importance India attaches to its relations with Russia.

On Camera

File image of Assam BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma | PTI

Covid, connectivity, climate – CM Himanta Biswa Sarma has early mover advantage in Assam

From visiting Covid patients at 2:30 am to giving deadlines for Dispur flyover, Himanta Biswa Sarma has hit the ground running as CM.
An Air India aircraft takes off from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata (Representational image) | Photographer: Arko Datto | Bloomberg

Air India’s privatisation won’t be affected by Cairn ‘pressure tactics’, govt says

Cairn Energy has sued Air India in the US to recover its $1.2 billion arbitration award. This has raised questions around the stake sale of the national carrier.

Defence

Russia's S-400 air defence system

Despite Covid, 100+ IAF personnel are in Russia on S-400 missile training as delivery nears

The delivery of the S-400 missile system was originally scheduled to begin in 2020, but the deadline was extended after payments to Moscow were delayed.

By the rivers of the heartland & across Vindhyas, proof which politics sucks & which works

Politics & economics are at the heart of Covid tragedy in UP, Bihar. The regional imbalance in political power, economic & social indicators is deeply troublesome.