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India to go with Russia's S-400 deal despite US sanctions: Sitharaman

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Union has said that will acquire five advanced S-400 from irrespective of the sanctions on military transactions imposed by on

Speaking to media on Friday, Sitharaman said, "The talks have reached a conclusive stage. Once done, It will be done by about two and a half to four years to implement [after the deal is signed]."

On COMCASA (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement), a defence pact that would facilitate the Indian military forces to procure from other countries, she implied, "It is a US act, not a Act. The final position on it has not arrived at all."

Speaking on CATSA, (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act), Sitharaman further said, "I am not saying it is choosing between the US and With Russia, we have a continuous relationship which has endured for decades. CATSA is a US legislation. Also, the two US secretaries (for Defence) have taken view considering India's position."

CAATSA is a law that mandates the to impose sanctions on countries who are engaged in military transactions with

The US slapped sanctions on Russia, particularly for its alleged meddling in the 2016

The S-400 is considered as Russia's most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system. is looking to procure Russia's in a bid to strengthen its air defence mechanism, particularly near its borders.

In 2016, and Russia inked an agreement on the S-400 deal that can destroy any incoming hostile aircraft, drones and missiles at a range up to 400 km, as per several

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 16:30 IST