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Young Sergey Skripal as a lieutenant in the Russian Airborne Troops

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The $5-billion deal to purchase the most sophisticated Russian aerial-defense system available on the market will be signed during Putin's visit to India, according to Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov.

India and Russian Federation are likely to sign about 20 pacts in areas ranging from defence, nuclear energy, space and economy during Russia's President Vladimir Putin's two-day visit to India from Thursday.

"The key feature of this visit will be the signing of the agreement to deliver S-400 air defense systems", he said.

The S-400 missile is world's one of the best air missile defence system that can destruct enemy missiles within the range of 400 KM.

On the eve of Putin's arrival later on Thursday, the USA poured cold water on India's efforts to obtain a waiver to avoid sanctions under legislation called Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

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Moreover, the Pentagon has warned India that the purchase would violate USA sanctions against Russia's military that went into effect this year.

The US on Wednesday urged its allies not to enter into transactions with Russian Federation and warned that it would trigger American sanctions, a day after it was reported that India was planning to purchase multi-billion S-400 missile defense system from Moscow. The sale proceedings have gone forward, however, with Doha calling the purchase its "sovereign" decision.

"The S-400 systems have not been battle-tested but technologically they are quite good, also relatively cheap". It came in the form of a reference made by a senior United States administration official to the Chabahar Port being jointly developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan.

Washington and New Delhi announced plans last month for joint military drills in 2019, and agreed on the exchange of sensitive military information.

Twenty pacts in areas ranging from defence, nuclear energy, space and economy, are likely to signed by India and Russian Federation reported The Indian Express.

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Russian Federation and India have had warm ties since Stalin died in 1953.

Developing close relations with India, a member of BRICS, remains one of Moscow's top foreign-policy priorities. Putin is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. Sources in New Delhi told The Indian Express these will cover areas such as nuclear, space, economic issues, among others.

SME co-operation The Centre on October 3 approved signing of an agreement to promote co-operation between small and medium enterprises of the two countries. They also met in Sochi this year.

The last India-Russia bilateral summit was held in Russia on June 1, 2017.

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