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File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Brazil. | ANI

What’s the hype about 2+2 talks India’s holding with US, Japan, Australia & now Russia

After India-Russia 2+2 talks, there will be four countries with which India will have a similar format of dialogue involving the foreign as well as defence ministers from both sides.
PM Narendra Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok, Russia | Photo: PIB

S-400 deal in India’s ‘national interest’, will be the focus at Putin-Modi summit tomorrow

The $5.43 bn S-400 deal could invite US sanctions but India believes it is in the country’s security interests. The Annual India-Russia Summit will focus on defence, trade ties.
PM Narendra Modi with US President Joe Biden during their bilateral meeting in Washington on 24 September 2021| Twitter /@narendramodi

US unlikely to impose CAATSA sanctions on India for S-400, but other Russian deals won’t be easy

The $5.43-bn S-400 ‘Triumf’ missile systems deal is going to be at the centre of the upcoming India visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The International Space Station | Wikipedia Commons

Russia shooting down satellite hints at future of International Space Station. It’s grim

While a moratorium on further testing of DA-ASAT weapons may take time, there is no reason why countries cannot start exchanging data on debris in outer space.
File photo of Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi | Wikimedia Commons

Putin’s visit to Delhi can be Advantage Modi. He just has to deepen Russia-China wedge

New Delhi’s growing proximity to the US is cause for celebration and can be used as leverage with Moscow, and vice-versa.
A BTR-82A armored personnel carrier lands from a ship during an amphibious landing exercise, in Crimea on 18 October | Bloomberg

US warns European allies of possible Russian invasion as troops mass near Ukraine

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed such talk, saying, 'this hysteria is being built up artificially'.
Representational computer-generated image of space debris as seen from high Earth orbit | Wikipedia

Russia blows up own satellite in low Earth orbit, NASA says it put ISS astronauts in danger

Kosmos 1408, a defunct Soviet-era satellite launched in 1982, was in orbit just above the International Space Station at 480km. It was blown up on 14-15 November.
An Afghan flag flying on a hilltop in Kabul | File photo: Victor J. Blue | Bloomberg

India is wary about finalising Afghan aid route despite Pakistan’s assurance

PM Imran Khan last week said Pakistan will allow India to send shipments to Afghanistan by the land route. But New Delhi is still weighing its options.
Russia's S-400 air defence system

Russian S-400 air defence systems begin arriving in India, US threat of CAATSA sanctions looms

The $5.2-billion contract for five S-400 systems was signed in 2018, and deliveries were to begin by end of 2020. But they were delayed because of payment issues.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Russian President Vladimir Putin at Sochi, Russia| PTI

Russian President Putin likely to visit India next month for annual bilateral summit

Ahead of the summit, India and Russia may also hold the inaugural 2+2 foreign & defence ministerial dialogue in Moscow that could add momentum to the strategic partnership.
Representational image | Shillong, Meghalaya | Wikimedia Commons

Ajit Doval is wrong. Civil society not dangerous, we pushed back militants in Meghalaya

Ajit Doval thinks civil society is the new frontier of war. But ‘Shillong We Care’, a small group of citizens, stood up to militants and extortion.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.