India, Russia set AK-203 rifle deal worth ₹5,000 crore

New Delhi: India and Russia inked a new arms manufacturing deal on Monday, bolstering their defence cooperation. The two Allies have agreed on a 5,200 crore Kalashnikov agreement. Approximately 6 lakh AK 203 rifles would be manufactured in India as part of the agreement. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu signed the agreement. Rajnath Singh, speaking at the event, stated that defence contracts between India and Russia had advanced at an unprecedented rate in recent years.

In difficult conditions, Rajnath Singh expressed optimism that Russia will continue to be India's principal ally, as it has been in the past. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Sergei Shoygu met with their Russian counterparts Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoygu for 2+2 discussions earlier. Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, is also expected to visit New Delhi. Putin is set to send India a replica of the S400 air defence missile.

The meeting also discussed the Afghanistan crisis

Talking to a Russian delegation, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said the situation in Afghanistan will have an impact on the entire region, including Central Asia. Maritime safety is another aspect of concern. "India and Russia have common interests in ASEAN and ASEAN related forums. Shoygu and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Delhi on Sunday night to begin the '2+2' talks with their Indian counterparts. The two ministers will join President Vladimir Putin at the summit with PM Narendra Modi later in the day after the 2+2 talks.

Rajnath Singh raised the issue of Chinese encroachment

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (Rajnath Singh) has raised the issue of Chinese encroachment during the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue (2+2 Ministerial Dialogue). In fact, after China's presumptuousness in 2020, the relationship between India and the neighbouring country is not going down.  It would not be wrong to say that the gap between the two countries is deepening.

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