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India to receive S-400 in due time: Russia

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

on Wednesday said there will be no delays in the delivery of the S-400 to and a payment mechanism for the deal is being worked out

Russian said the will significantly enhance India's air defence capability.

Last week, the government informed Lok Sabha that it will start receiving the from from October next year and the deliveries will be completed by April 2023.

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

There were apprehensions about the payment mechanism for the deal in the wake of the US sanctions against Russia.

"India would receive the systems as agreed upon in due time, without any delays. And, your (India's) national security will be enhanced substantially," Ryabkov told reporters.

"We (Russia) want to be immune to arbitrary unilateral measures undertaken by some country against a very legitimate form of international cooperation," he said.

Asked how extended an invitation to for an economic conclave in Vladivostok in Russia in September when who will be India's PM will be known only after the in April-May, he said is no mood of assessing the political situation in India.

On the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, the said there are "huge chances" for the US to formally depart from the treaty in the very near future.

The 1987 pact helps protect the security of the US and its allies in and the

"We are deeply concerned on the situation around the INF treaty. We do not see any signs of any improvement so far... We have received a formal note, a formal notification from the US side, of its intention to suspend the implementation of the treaty," he said in response to a question.

in October had confirmed that the US will pull out of an arms control treaty with Russia dating from the cold war that limited the number of missiles in the two nations, accusing of violating the deal.

"The material implementation of the treaty was concluded in 2000, to suspend something that was materially finished, would mean now only a departure from the treaty, altogether some action in contravention from the core, principles of the treaty which is very unfortunate," Ryabkov said.

The said Russia was "ever prepared to bilaterally deal with this if and when the US would be prepared".

"It can be done through a dedicated round of consultations with involvement of all agencies, the military, the diplomats, the apparatus and can be done in the form of joint commission, with new implementation of the treaty or in any other form comfortable to the US," Ryabkov said.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 20:05 IST