New Delhi: From clinching deals on Kalashnikov assault rifles and very-short range air defence missile systems (VSHORADS) to a military logistics pact, upgraded combat exercises and more joint projects, Russia is now looking to challenge the US as India’s pre-eminent strategic partner and defense supplier.
Ahead of the annual Modi-Putin summit here on December 6, coinciding with the inaugural two-plus two dialogue between their foreign and defense ministers, hectic negotiations are currently underway to put finishing touches on a wide-ranging strategic-defense agenda.
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