Russia for manufacturing ‘further’ military equipment in India | India News – Times of India

Even because the US continues to discourage India from procuring superior weapon programs from Russia, the two international locations reaffirmed dedication to military-technical cooperation with Moscow saying that discussions are underway to fabricate “additional” Russian military equipment in India underneath the Make in India initiative.
After a gathering along with his counterpart S Jaishankar, that laid the groundwork for PM Narendra Modi‘s summit assembly with President Vladimir Putin later this 12 months, Russian international minister Sergey Lavrov additionally described as counterproductive alleged efforts to cobble collectively what he described as NATO-like alliances in Asia and mentioned this situation had been mentioned in the assembly.
Lavrov did not straight point out Quad and mentioned India too held the identical place on military alliances. The go to by Lavrov got here in the center of the three-day Quad plus France military train in the Bay of Bengal.
Lavrov’s remarks on the proposal to fabricate extra equipment right here got here in response to a query in regards to the menace of sanctions on India by the Biden administration if the Modi authorities went forward with the acquisition of S 400 air defence system from Russia. While acknowledging the US sanction menace in opposition to India and different international locations seeking to buy excessive-finish weapons from Russia, Lavrov mentioned this wasn’t mentioned in the assembly.
Both leaders weren’t forthcoming although on when the precise supply of S 400 system will happen with Jaishankar saying the difficulty shall be mentioned when the defence ministers meet later this 12 months.
The assembly noticed Jaishankar sharing India’s understanding of the Indo-Pacific, an idea which Moscow refuses to acknowledge, and likewise discussions on the growing scenario in Afghanistan with Lavrov underlining the “similarity of Russian and Indian approaches”.
On Afghanistan, as he emphasised Taliban‘s involvement was necessary for an implementable and sustainable resolution and talked about US’ personal engagement with the armed group, Lavrov mentioned the “the best way” was to advocate the Moscow Forrmat for which Russia introduced collectively all neighbours, together with India, central Asian international locations and the US. Russia’s prolonged troika assembly on Afghanistan final month did not embrace India.
Jaishankar mentioned what occurs in Afghanistan impacts India’s safety straight and shared India’s method {that a} sturdy peace there would require harmonising pursuits of all, each inside and round that nation.
Seeking to allay some of Russia’s apprehensions in regards to the Indo-Pacific, Jaishankar mentioned India was strongly dedicated to ASEAN centrality and that this was underlined by the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative.
Moscow continues to see Indo-Pacific as aimed toward containing China and refuses to even use the time period formally.
While he defended Russia’s ties with China, Lavrov dominated out getting into into any military alliance.
“No, we have fixed that in our bilateral relations adopted at the highest level in the course of the Russia and China Summit where we said that our relations are highest in the history but these relations do not pursue the goal of establishing a military alliance,” Lavrov mentioned after the assembly with Jaishankar.
“By the way, we have heard speculation about pro-military alliance not only regarding Russia and China relations but we also heard about such alliance allegedly being promoted Middle East-NATO, we also heard about Asian-NATO,” he added.

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