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India has signed a $5 billion deal to buy Russian S-400s

By signing the deal India risks US sanctions intended to punish Russia for its annexation of Crimea and alleged interference in the 2016 US elections

By AP in New Delhi
  • Published 5.10.18, 3:54 PM
  • Updated 5.10.18, 4:02 PM
  • a min read
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Vladimir Putin gets a hug from Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Friday. Picture by Prem Singh

India has signed a $5 billion deal to buy five Russian S-400 air defense systems despite a looming threat of US sanctions on countries that trade with Russia's defense and intelligence sectors.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed the deal in New Delhi on Friday and discussed nuclear energy, space exploration and economics.

India has requested a waiver from US sanctions intended to punish Russia for its annexation of Crimea and alleged interference in the 2016 US elections.

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Officials confirmed the deal was signed after Putin and Modi made no reference to it during a news conference following their talks.