India and Russia signed a $5.4 billion contract on the delivery of five squadrons of the S-400 air defense system during an annual bilateral meeting in New Delhi on October 5, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov told media.
The delivery of the advanced air defense systems will begin in October 2020.
The US had been trying to prevent India as well as Turikey from buying S-400 from Russia. In particular, Washington was threatening to impose sanctions on the both states in the framework of its Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) which envisions punitive measures for any third party that carries out major transactions with the sanctioned Russian companies.
The US even imposed sanctinos on China for buying Russian air defense systems and combat jets. However, these actions have not resulted in success.
In turn, Washington, the formal leader of the “global world”, is only pushing states for further regionalization of its economic and defense activities in order to avoid the sanction and diplomatic pressure from the US.