India has announced that specialist troops, who will receive training for the use of the S-400 air defence system, will be sent to Russia at the end of this month.
New Delhi, which reached an agreement with Russia in 2018 worth USD 5 billion for the S-400s, is planned to receive the first delivery of the system in 2021.
In the first place, the first group of about 100 soldiers will go to Russia at the end of this month, while the second team will go to Russia in a few months.
It is aimed to complete the deliveries of the system by 2023. After the United States announced it would impose CAATSA sanctions on Ankara, India was concerned about the US decision.
“If the United States has imposed sanctions on the S-400 against its NATO ally, why do we believe it will not be applied to India?” said Amit Koushish, a former adviser to the Indian Defence Ministry, who asked the government to take action against the potential threat.