Oldest friends: India and Russia(Hindu summary-8th Oct 2018)

www.iasinsights.in ; www.iasgyaan.com posts Hindu summary about India’s friendship with Russia. 

Oldest friends: India and Russia

Context:

India and Russia strengthening their bond despite USA imposing restrictions.

How the friendship is deepening?

The two countries announced a number of agreements,

  1. A $5.43 billion S-400 Triumf missile system deal,
  2. a space cooperation arrangement to put an Indian in space, and
  3. an action plan for a new nuclear plant.
  • The signing of the S-400 air defence system deal, for instance, is of far greater consequence than its size.
  • It denotes India’s desire to deepen defence cooperation with Russia; also that it is prepared to do this despite U.S. warnings that the deal could attract sanctions.
  • This deal is important as its just 1 month after India signed the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) for better interoperability with the U.S. military.

Implied outcome:

  • India’s deal with Russia is tough decision as it made India to choose among friends.
  • There is need to maintain the balance in keeping friends happy which New Delhi is already in process.
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