Russia and India signed several agreements for military-technical cooperation on Monday, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh announced on Twitter, in a move that could put New Delhi at risk of sanctions from the United States.
“India deeply appreciates Russia’s strong support for India. We hope that our cooperation will bring peace, prosperity and stability to the entire region,” wrote Singh. “Glad that a number of Agreements/Contracts/Protocols were signed pertaining to small arms and military cooperation.”
Hours earlier, the Indian defense chief and his Russian counterpart, General Sergey Shoigu. held talks in New Delhi ahead of a scheduled Monday evening meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Had a productive, fruitful and substantial bilateral discussions on defence cooperation with the Russian Defence Minister, General Sergey Shoigu in New Delhi today. India values its special and privileged strategic partnership with Russia. pic.twitter.com/9WNBx6m7ok
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) December 6, 2021
“Had a productive, fruitful and substantial bilateral discussions on defence [sic] cooperation with the Russian Defence Minister, General Sergey Shoigu in New Delhi today. India values its special and privileged strategic partnership with Russia,” Singh added.
Russia’s Ministry of Defense told reporters on Monday that the two countries signed an agreement for military-technical cooperation for the next decade, through 2030, Russian news agency TASS reported.
The agreement details cooperation between types and branches of troops, as well as issues of supply and development of weapons and military equipment, according to the news agency.
The two leaders signed an agreement to jointly manufacture over 500,000 AK-203 assault rifles at a factory in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi region, in a contract worth more than $500,000.
“We hope Russia will remain a major partner for India in these challenging circumstances,” Singh said on Monday.
Putin and Modi are scheduled to meet for the 21st annual India-Russia summit on Monday evening, during which the pair are expected to sign a number of agreements related to trade and defense.
The Indian Express reported that the two leaders are expected to sign many as 10 agreements in the areas of defense and manufacturing, including on helicopters, rifles, defense logistics, oil, and space.
The news comes over a year after Washington imposed sanctions on Beijing for purchasing Russian military jets and surface-to-air missiles.
Under a 2017 U.S. law aimed at deterring countries from buying Russian military hardware, called the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), Russia, North Korea, and Iran are named as adversaries.
This was written by Isabel Van Brugen and originally published on Newseek.