In a bid to outsmart Pakistan and stifle its deepening tie-up with Russia, India signed several major agreements, including two key defence deals with Russia. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin held bilateral consultations on the sidelines of the 8th BRICS summit in Goa.
India signed a deal worth Rs. 39,000 crore to procure Moscow's most advanced anti-aircraft defence system - S 400 Triumph, which will provide India a ballistic missile shield. In another key deal which is being seen as a huge boost for the Modi government's Make in India initiative, India will initially import and then manufacture Russian Kamov Ka-226 T light utility helicopters. India and Russia will also collaborate in making four state of art Admiral Grigorovich-class (Project 11356) guided-missile stealth frigates.
The two countries have also agreed to conduct an annual military conference. The two countries will cooperate closely to counter terrorism in the region. In a statement issued after the meeting said the two leaders expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and recognized the need for resolute action against the menace of terrorism and threats of illicit drug-production and drug-trafficking, including the elimination of terror sanctuaries, safe havens, and other forms of support to terrorists. Both sides called for constructive international, regional and bilateral cooperation in order to help Afghanistan in addressing the domestic security situation, improving the capabilities of Afghan National Security Forces, strengthening counter-narcotics capabilities, ensuring socio-economic development, and enhancing connectivity. India and Russia reiterated their support for Afghan government's efforts towards the realization of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned national reconciliation process based upon the principles of international law.
India and Russia “strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and emphasized the necessity of comprehensive international collaboration in order to ensure its eradication”. “The two countries recognize the threat posed by terrorism, and believe that the full implementation of the relevant UNSC resolutions, the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy without application of any double standards or selectivity will be instrumental in countering this challenge. They stressed the need to deny safe havens to terrorists and the importance of countering the spread of terrorist ideology as well as radicalization leading to terrorism, stopping recruitment, preventing travel of terrorists and foreign terrorist fighters, strengthening border management and having effective legal assistance and extradition arrangements. Furthermore, stressing the need to have a strong international legal regime built on the principle of 'zero tolerance for direct or indirect support of terrorism', both Sides called upon the international community to make sincere efforts towards the earliest conclusion of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT),” the statement said.
.”The two countries reaffirmed that they have a common interest in preventing the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and in strengthening the multilateral export control regimes. A responsible approach to disarmament and non-proliferation is demonstrated by India and Russia's constructive participation in relevant international fora such as the Conference on Disarmament, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, etc. Both Sides reiterated their desire to strengthen interaction and coordination of views on these issues. Russia welcomed India's accession to the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation and the Missile Technology Control Regime. Russia is convinced that India's participation will strengthen the international export control regimes and in this regard welcomed India's application for membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), reiterating its strong support for India's early entry into the NSG. Russia also supported India's interest in full membership in the Wasseanaar Arrangement.”