On April 5, the “New York Times” (NYT) newspaper reported that India and Russia would discuss the contract on S-400 air defense systems delivery.
According to the “NYT” Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visiting Moscow this week to finalize the purchase of a Russian missile defense system S-400. The potential contract worth is $6 billion.
The inter-governmental agreement of S-400 delivery was signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India in October 2016. In January, 2016 Sergey Chemezov, the chef of Rostec Corporation said that “Discussions on this contract are at an advanced stage’”.
On April 4, the “TASS” news agency reported citing own source that the only issue of this deal is the financial point:
“The sides are continuing the negotiations on this sole issue that has not yet been agreed and there are no doubts that the document will be signed shortly,” the source noted.
The MSM has already stared a media campaign to undermine the ongoing negotiations.
Some MSM media outlets even speculated that if the Indian S-400 contract is reached Washington may threaten try to impose new sanctions against Russia in an attempt to slow down the implementation of the deal.
“My suspicion is that America will not deem the S-400 purchase as sanctions-worthy,” the NYT quoted Shailesh Kumar, the Asia director of the Eurasia Group (a geopolitical risk consulting firm) as saying. “There’s too much at stake for bilateral relations. If the U.S. goes for sanctions, it will undermine the good will the U.S. has been trying to build up with India over the last two decades.”
Currently, some Russian military companies are already under economic sanctions imposed by the USA and some European countries. However, these measures cannot limit Russia’s military export.
Earlier, a similar media-diplomatic campaign was leaded by the US in an attempt to undermine the Russia–Turkey S-400 deal.
The US-led block and its media wing has claimed that Turkey could not integrate Russian facility in NATO’s air defense system and at some moment has even threatened to impose sanctions on Ankara.
Despite this, the Turkish and Russian authorities justified the purchase by the necessity and accelerated the delivery. The S-400 regiment will be delivered to Turkey in October 2019, several months ahead of the earlier agreed date.
The USA will continue increasing pressure on Russia, especially after Putin’s March 1 statement revealing new nuclear-capable weapon systems that can suppress the US missile-defense shield. The Euro-Atlantic establishment is also concerned over the Russian increasing military influence in the Middle East, which marks the shifting balance of power around the world. Russia extends its influence sphere, exploiting the USA weak points and selling their weapon systems to the “US allies”. Russia confronts sanctions and even expands its economic activity.