Although Russia wants India and China to resolve the military stand-off of Ladakh, President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi maintain a close personal relationship that is the basis of a bilateral special and privileged strategic partnership.
On Wednesday, PM Modi called President Putin to congratulate him on his 68th birthday, as PM Modi called on September 17 to congratulate him on his 70th birthday. In a tweet, PM Modi later said that he appreciated Putin’s “personal contribution” to strengthen the special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries. Those wishing President Putin a birthday present included leaders from Israel, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Moldova, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
It is interesting to note that while Russia and China have economic and security ties, personal contact between President Putin and President Xi Jinping is missing from both sides.
According to diplomats based in Moscow and New Delhi, while Russia has offered India’s winter clothes and sprout light-weight tanks with T-90 barrels for the Ladakh stand-off, there are reports that Moscow has launched a second S-400 surface. Delayed supply of air missile systems in general due to coronovirus epidemics. China has contracted to buy four S-400 systems from Russia, already deployed near Ningchi in Arunachal Pradesh.
India has a deal to buy the 5S-400 system from Russia, the delivery of which is likely to start at the end of next year. An order for additional SU-30 MKI and MiG-29 fighters to replenish the reserve is already scheduled.
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