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India's submarine deal with Russia raised by some US Congress members with FS: Sources

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A number of members of the US raised with the issue of signing a deal with for a nuclear submarine last week, official sources said Saturday.

Gokhale clarified that finalised the deal for leasing of a nuclear-powered attack submarine from and it was not an acquisition or a purchase, they said.

However, the issue was not raised by the during Gokhale's three-day visit to earlier this week.

Some members of the raised the issue as they have some mis-perception about it, the sources said, adding Gokhale also explained to them that the submarine will only have conventional weapons.

In January, the US announced sanctions against under which can punish countries and entities engaged in transaction with defence or intelligence establishment of Russia.

The sanctions were imposed for Moscow's alleged meddling in the US in 2016.

On March 7, sealed a USD 3 billion deal with Russia for leasing of a nuclear-powered attack submarine for the for a period of 10 years.

In October last year, India inked an agreement with Russia to procure a batch of the at a cost of Rs 40,000 crore. India went ahead with the deal notwithstanding the US's warnings against it.

Under the deal for submarine, Russia will have to deliver an Akula class submarine, to be known as Chakra III, to the by 2025.

It will be the third Russian submarine to be leased to the

The first Russian nuclear-powered submarine -- christened INS Chakra -- was taken in 1988 under a three-year lease. A second INS Chakra was taken on lease in 2012 for a period of 10 years.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 15:30 IST