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Russia deals put India in a tricky spot with the US

AFP, Reuters/New Delhi
Filed on October 5, 2018 | Last updated on October 5, 2018 at 11.30 pm
Russia deals put India in a tricky spot with the US

(PTI)

The two countries also signed a pact to build six more nuclear reactors at a new site in India.

Russia and India's leaders announced on Friday a raft of deals worth billions of dollars including for a military defence system, as New Delhi walks a tightrope between Moscow and Washington with a wary eye on China.

The flagship accord announced during a visit to India by President Vladimir Putin was for the formidable S-400 surface-to-air missile defence system, worth $5.2 billion according to an Indian source.

Other agreements - announced following a meeting between Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi that began with a hug - were in railways, fertilisers and space, with Russia set to train astronauts for India's first crewed space mission in 2022.

The two countries also signed a pact to build six more nuclear reactors at a new site in India.

"We welcome you as a leader of a country which has second-to-none relations with us," Modi told a joint news conference.


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