First Batch of S-400 Systems to Be Delivered to India Before Year End Despite US Pressure
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The envoy added that the first batch will be delivered before the year-end, Sputnik reported.
"We see no changes [in the contract], and the Indian leadership has confirmed its commitment to these agreements," Kudashev stated while addressing media in New Delhi.
Earlier in April, Indian Ambassador to Russia Bala Venkatesh Varma had announced that the current situation with the global spread of coronavirus will not significantly affect the schedule for the supply of Russian S-400 air missile defense systems.
“There has been a slight dislocation of a couple of weeks but all the major contracts will be on schedule, we don’t anticipate any problem with that,” the envoy had noted.
Moscow and New Delhi signed a contract for the supply of five S-400 regimental sets in 2018. The contract has become one of the largest for the Russian state-owned company Rosoboronexport. The contract's value exceeded five billion dollars.
India's proposed purchase of S-400 air defense systems from Russia has become a thorny issue in New Delhi's bilateral ties with Washington, with successive American administrations threatening to impose economic sanctions on India if it goes ahead with the deal. Despite consistent American pressure, New Delhi has so far stuck to the deal.