The focus during the visit will be on the S-400 Triumf air defence missile system agreement, with a top Kremlin aide saying Tuesday that Russian President Putin will oversee the signing of the Dollars 5 billion deal. India depended on Russian Federation for political support as well as billions of dollars in military hardware. Quick delivery of S-400 is considered critical as China will receive them by the year end and would be in a position to fully exploit the system with the delivery of all necessary missiles by 2020.
Both leaders are expected to witness the signing of at least 23 agreements, an official said, including Memoranda of Understanding for investment deals, a major agreement on space cooperation where Russian Federation will assist India with its Gaganyaan programme to put a human in space, an MoU for road transport and the road industry, as well as one for cooperation on micro, small and medium enterprises.
The purchase assumes important as it will violate sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) enforced by the US Congress on arms purchases from Russian Federation, though there is a possibility of a presidential waiver.
Putin will is scheduled to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow.
The US had warned India against the planned purchase.
The US has urged its allies to forgo transactions with Russia, warning that the S-400 missile defence system that India intends to buy would be a "focus area" for it to implement punitive sanctions against a nation undertaking "significant" business deals with the Russians. "For this reason, Turkey chose to purchase the S-400s from Russian Federation, despite all the threats and sanctions from the United States, this is an absolutely logical choice", he explained.
President Vladimir Putin lashed out at ex-spy Sergei Skripal as a "scumbag" and a "traitor" in his harshest public response yet to accusations that Russian Federation targeted the double agent in the first chemical-weapons attack in Europe since the Second World War.
"It´s about time we showed that we are not going to be pushed around by Washington", R.R. Subramanian, a Delhi-based strategic affairs analyst, told AFP. The two countries will hold the 19th annual bilateral summit and sign 20 bilateral agreements.
The other major contract that will be signed on Friday includes a $2.2-billion deal to procure four new warships for the Navy. Putin's image as an avid sportsman is also on display throughout the year, with photos of him wielding a shooting range pistol, playing hockey, horseback riding and cycling along a wooded road.