Russian President Vladimir Putin calls poisoned ex-spy 'scumbag', traitor

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Meanwhile, the United States and India continue to discuss Washington's threat to impose economic sanctions on New Delhi should it proceed with the S-400 procurement as a result of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) which came into effect in January 2018.

"We urge all of our allies and partners to forgo transactions with Russian Federation that would trigger sanctions under CAATSA", a State Department Spokesperson told PTI when asked about India's plan to purchase multi-billion S-400 missile defense system from Russian Federation. "Beijing will monitor this S-400 issue very closely and read the tea-leaves carefully for long-term strategic implications".

Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar told IANS in an interview here ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin's official visit to India that he is also "reasonably confident" that New Delhi would be granted a waiver from the USA sanctions on Iran, due to kick in from November 4, on oil purchases from the Persian Gulf nation. The US is now India's second biggest arms supplier.

"As we know, spying, like prostitution, is one of the world's most important professions", Putin said, drawing applause from the audience.

The S-400 is an upgraded version of the S-300 systems.

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Worldwide regional forums, cultural and people-to-people contact, counter-terrorism, energy security, Syria, science and technology and civil nuclear cooperation are also likely to be on the meet's agenda, according to a India Today report. "That's that", he told a panel discussion at an energy forum.

India is also collaborating with Russian Federation in setting up Bangladesh's first nuclear plant at Rooppur.

"The India-Russia partnership is a time-tested one with a high level of trust between the political leaderships".

Also on the agenda is Russian training for Indian astronauts as New Delhi aims to launch its first crewed space mission in 2022.

SME co-operation The Centre on October 3 approved signing of an agreement to promote co-operation between small and medium enterprises of the two countries. Despite the robust military cooperation, there was a drift in the ties as Russian Federation remained silent during the 2017 Doklam standoff with China, worked for a larger role in Afghanistan and even began selling arms to Pakistan. Putin is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. By approving the contract, the Indian government has defied the US Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, also known as CAATSA on Russian Federation. They also met in Sochi this year.

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