Help Russia during testing time of sanctions, Rostec appeals to Modi government

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    Help Russia during testing time of sanctions, Rostec appeals to Modi government

    Friday, August 28, 2015
    By : ET

    Russia banks on the Narendra Modi Government in India to support it during “these testing times” of Russia being put under sanctions by the US and European Union, like the way Russia supported India when the latter faced sanctions from the west, Sergev Chemezov, CEO of Russia’s biggest and government-owned defence company, Rostec, has said.

    Calling Modi’s ‘Make in India’ program as a “correct decision” which Russia supports, Chemezov told ET that India was Russia’s number one partner followed by China. Russia is facing a testing time in face of US and EU sanctions due to annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

    “We are trying to work with other partners – India and China. Regarding India, you have survived a number of years in sanctions – our corporations helped you always. I hope that in these years (when Russia faces sanctions), India will not isolate (us) and give us help,” Chemezov has told ET in Moscow.

    Over 200 KA-226T helicopters are expected to be produced jointly by Russia and India — the first major defence project under Modi’s ‘Make In India’ programme though both countries are still to sign the final contract.

    India’s Defence Acquisition Council approved the project in May. Victor Kladov, Head, International Cooperation, Rostec said they hoped to finalise its Indian partner for the project and complete the process to sign this deal with India “by the end of this year” as the negotiations were “in their final stage” and said “decisions were being made faster” in India since the new government has taken over. “PM Modi’s ‘Make In India’ scheme is the current worldwide trend and we are coming in line with it,” Kladov has told ET.

    “When Indian PM Modi visited our stand in Bengaluru during the AeroIndia show earlier this year, we explained that we are ready to produce KA-226T choppers in India. He asked why so slow about the project – we replied saying we have been waiting for the defence ministry decision for 4 years – they declared tender, cancelled it, they declared new tender, again cancelled it and then readjusted their plans. So changing of policy by acquiring agency derailed and delayed in many ways. No at least we know the trend – Make in India. When PM Modi declares Make In India, it comes in line with the trend worldwide — this is the current trend worldwide, nobody is interested in just buying or selling,” Victor Kladov of Rostec has told ET.

    Rostec CEO Sergev Chemezov said Russia has offered its comments to India that it was ready to work both with HAL and a company in the private sector for co-production of the KA-226 helicopters. “It is up to India to which company to choose. We are ready to work with both companies,” Chemezov said.

    Kladov added that Russia knows India has plans to buy more MI-17 “and we are looking forward to negotiations” on it.

    During the visit of Russian President Vladmir V. Putin to India last December, Modi had said Russia was and will remain India’s “primary defence supplier”. India has however been pursuing defence deals with other countries as well – including the recent decision to buy Rafale fighter aircraft from France – leading to a perception that India’s defence relations with Russia were getting diluted.
     
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    Leave India as it is please, better try next-door neighbours.
     
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    I am sure Indian "Mughals" would like nothing more than to shovel their hard earn cash to Russian Oligarchs. General rule, for every Euro, 50 cents goes to corruption, 20 cents to general incompetence and 30 cents to the original purpose.

    Putin blamed Gorbachev for "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century" when Soviet Union collapsed. Now he himself goes to history as a man who wasted Russia's golden opportunity to rise to among developed nations...
     
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    Setting aside your emotional rant, the basic question which must be answered is: does India see an opportunity in Russia's request. It is not like Russia supported us unconditionally without any selfish reason/motive. But then Russia has proven itself as a reliable supplier and partner. Russia's China Experiment is faltering, so it seems. We must not forget however that little thought Russia gave to India's sensitivities while cozying up with Pakistan.
     
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    Why should India? What will we get in return?
    Can't agree with you more. What kind of opportunity you have in mind.
    Not recently. We should not forget INS Vikramaditya episode. They will try to arm twist / milk us on every possible scenario.
    You nailed it. Russians don't mind selling weapons to our adversaries
    http://pakdef.org/russia-eases-weapons-policy-for-pakistan/
     

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