India has its grand defence relationship with Russia, which comprises the inking of mega arms prices, regardless of the threat of monetary sanctions by the united states. Following Army chief General Bipin Rawat visited the country a month, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba is now headed for Russia.
Admiral Lanba, who’s also the nation’s senior-most army officer as chairman of the chiefs of staff committee, will kick off his inaugural trip by holding discussions with his Russian counterpart Admiral Vladimir Korolev at St Petersburg on Monday. “The trip aims to combine bilateral military relations with Russia, and to explore new paths for defence alliance,” said an official.
In Moscow, the Navy chief will have talks with General VV Gerasimov, chief of general staff and also the first deputy defence minister of the Russian Federation, and Dmitriy Shugaev, Director of the Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation (FSMTC). He’ll also see some Russian defence institutions like the Nakhimov Naval School and Admiralty Shipyard and the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
The trip comes shortly after India and Russia inked an umbrella agreement for the acquisition of four 4,000-tonne Grigorivich or Talwar + -course guided-missile stealth frigates for the Indian Navy. While the first two frigates will be erased from Russia for around Rs 8,000 crore, another two will be constructed in the Goa Shipyard using transport of technologies for an overall cost of approximately Rs 13,000 crore, as was reported by TOI.
Before, on October 5, India had inked the $5.43 billion (over Rs 39,000 crore) deal for five squadrons of the Russian S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems. The US has imposed sanctions on China for obtaining the identical S-400 methods under its new law called CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries via Sanctions Act), which attempts to stop nations by buying Russian weapons or even olive oil.