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Putin calls ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal a ‘scumbag,’ traitor

Putin calls ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal a ‘scumbag,’ traitor

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in India for a two-day visit during which the two countries are expected to sign a $5 billion deal for Russian S-400 missile systems despite the spectre of US sanctions.

Putin is on a two-day visit in India where he will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi shortly.

He added that an informal meeting would take place on October 4, in the course of which the sides would exchange opinions on worldwide and bilateral issues.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday former Russian spy Sergei Skirpal, who was poisoned this year in Britain, betrayed his country. One is associated with attempts to create competitive advantages for its own products using political pressure (it is known that the United States offered its Patriot systems to India instead of S-400).

"We urge all of our allies and partners to forgo transactions with Russian Federation that would trigger sanctions under CAATSA", a State Department Spokesperson said on Wednesday when asked about India's plan to purchase multi-billion S-400 missile defense system from Russian Federation.

India and Russian Federation are expected to conclude several defence deals worth close to $10 billion for five S-400 air defence systems, four stealth frigates and Ak-103 assault rifles.

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Putin will take part in the 19th India-Russia annual bilateral summit.

US firms Lockheed Martin and Boeing lead the race to sell the Indian military hundreds of aircraft to replace its ageing Russian MiG planes. This annual summitry is unique as Russian Federation is one of only two countries, the other one being Japan, with which India holds this summit.

Russian Federation denies any involvement in the affair, which has deepened its worldwide isolation and led to a series of sanctions from the US and European Union countries. Congress enacted legislation this year that would allow the president to waive the sanctions for countries that are developing defense relationships with Washington.

Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia March 2, 2018. The Russian-built S-400 Triumf is widely considered as the most effective operationally deployed modern long-range surface-to-air missile (MLR SAM) system in and, therefore, much in demand.

SME co-operation The Centre on October 3 approved signing of an agreement to promote co-operation between small and medium enterprises of the two countries. This will be followed by delegation-level talks, where the leaders will discuss, trade, economic, energy, people-to-people issues.

More than 80 percent of India's military equipment was of Soviet origin during the days of the Cold War, but since its breakup New Delhi has diversified its weaponry. Welcoming Modi to Sochi "personally as a big friend" of Russia, Putin said his visit would give a fresh impetus to bilateral ties.


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