Deal for frigates & rifles hopefully in next 2-3 months: Russian envoy

the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) for The Russian Ambassador to India, Nikolay Kudashev, said the USA’s Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act ( CAATSA ) sanctions will not impact the India-Russia deal for four frigates and Kalashnikov rifles, and suggested that an agreement would be signed in the next two-three months. Kudashev said the two countries could now also consider concluding a logistics pact between their militaries and signing an agreement on the lines ofbetter coordination given breadth and depth of their military partnership. Dismissing allegations that CAATSA had led to a delay in signing of a deal on frigates, he said there were certain procedural issues and that the deal would hopefully be signed over the next two-three months. He said that during President Putin’s recent visit to India, the two sides discussed a strategy to identify common priority areas and to protect mutual trade relationship from unpredictable factors such as CAATSA. India and Russia had last week inked the S-400 deal in Delhi during President Putin’s visit for the annual summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi On a question on shelving of the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), Kudashev said that India’s priority at present is S-400, frigates, helicopters and assault rifles but the FGFA deal will be back very shortly.

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