At the invitation of the Russian Ministry of Defence, India's Defence Minister visited Moscow for 3 days to attend the 75th Anniversary of the Victory Day Parade. During his visit, Singh managed to accelerate the delivery of missiles, ammunition, and assault rifles from Russia.
"Our defence relationship is one of its important pillars. I had an opportunity to review our defence relationship with Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov and I thank him for the honour of visiting me in this hotel, despite the restrictions of the pandemic. My discussions were very positive and productive," Rajnath Singh said to reporters during his visit to Moscow.
"I have been assured that ongoing contracts will be maintained and not just maintained, in a number of cases, will be taken forward in a shorter time. All of our proposals have received a positive response from the Russian side. I am fully satisfied with my discussions," Singh added
"I would like to take this opportunity to mention that India is a peace-loving country. Never in history have we looked at other people’s territory. We are on for resolving all disputes by dialogue. But, if there are any questions on India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, our resolve to protect or interest at any cost cannot be doubted." he continuted.
This step to speed up the delivery of S-400 and other weapon procurements comes amid tensions between China and India. Early May, Indian and Chinese soldiers reportedly scuffled at the Pangong Tso lake in Ladakh in the disputed Kashmir region, followed by a face-off at the Naku La Pass in India’s northeastern state of Sikkim. Accusing each other of trespassing, both sides have since deployed troops along several disputed areas.
Border tensions between the two countries have persisted for more than seven decades, and they fought a war – the Sino-Indian War – in 1962.