Russian President Vladimir Putin meets PM Modi in Delhi

Friday, 05 Oct, 2018

"With the US" domestic legislation discouraging countries like India from engaging in "significant' trade with Russian Federation, there is a high-visibility political sub-text about how this deal will impact the India-US bi-lateral", said Commodore (retired) Uday Bhaskar, Director at Society for Policy Studies.

The sale has irked India's defense partner Washington, which has wanted to wean India off Russian technology, and a senior Pentagon official said in August that sanctions against India would come under consideration if its purchase goes through.

There is a risk that oil prices could hit $100 a barrel soon because a lot of uncertainties now exist in a very nervous and emotional market, Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak told Russian radio station Business FM in an interview on Thursday.

He confessed and co-operated at trial and was then jailed for 13 years, but was pardoned in 2010 then released as part of a prisoner exchange. Still, Putin said his country has already boosted output and has the capacity to add another 200,000 to 300,000 barrels to the market. He reiterated Russia's claim that it has nothing to do with the poisoning.

The former double agent was sickened by military grade Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury. Britain secured support of its allies for the coordinated expulsion of more than 150 Russian diplomats, provoking a tit-for-tat response.

The S-400 is considered as the most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system. He apparently misspoke as the euphemism for prostitution is "oldest profession". India depended on Russian Federation for political support as well as billions of dollars in military hardware.

'I sometimes look at what's going on with that case and just feel puzzled, ' Putin said. "The sooner (the Skripal scandal) is over, the better".

Britain put the blame squarely on Russian Federation but Moscow has denied any role in the incident.

Britain charged two Russian men with the poisoning last month.

The two suspects gave a televised interview the day after Mr Putin's initial intervention claiming to be "just tourists" visiting the city of Salisbury due to their interest in its 123m (400ft) spire.

Beyond a photo from Chepiga's 2003 passport file resembling Boshirov, the report didn't contain further proof that Boshirov and Chepiga were the same person.