Moscow and New Delhi Discuss Expanding Russian Arms Production in India

Moscow and New Delhi Discuss Expanding Russian Arms Production in India

According to Sergei Lavrov, a special commission is dealing with this issue.

Russia and India are discussing the possibility of expanding the production of Russian military equipment in India, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday at a joint news conference with Indian Foreign Minister Subramaniam Jaishankar in New Delhi.

Lavrov did not specify what kind of equipment can be produced in India.

However, representatives from both countries said their governments have been discussing the possibility of producing Russian military helicopters in India for several years.

“We have confirmed our commitment to the development of military-technical cooperation,” Lavrov said at a press conference, adding that a special intergovernmental commission is dealing with this issue, “which has its own plans.”

“Among other things, the prospects for additional production of Russian military equipment on the territory of India are being discussed,” he said.

Lavrov noted that the United States is trying to dissuade other countries from buying Russian weapons, but objections from the United States were not discussed during his talks with Jaishankar, which focused on deepening military ties.

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Washington has already warned India that it could face sanctions if it purchases Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems as part of a 2018 deal.

The United States has urged India not to buy the S-400 systems as this could lead to sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. Last year, Turkey came under sanctions for purchasing these systems.

India made its first payment of $ 800 million in 2019 and the first shipment of missile batteries is expected to be delivered by the end of this year.