New Delhi: – In this scenario, where a conflict may flareup between India and China, at any time, Russia has expressed willingness to supply 12 Sukhoi-30 MKI and 21 MiG-29 fighter jets, in a short time. There are reports that Russia has already started preparations for the supply. Indian Defence Minister will be reaching Russia on Monday, for a three-day visit and against this background, these reports are being published, quoting highly placed sources.
A special function has been organised in Russia to celebrate 75 years, of its victory over Nazi Germany, in the Second World War, on 24th of June. Russia has invited Indian Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh, to participate in the celebrations. Despite the immense tension reigning on the Indo-Chinese border, India has accepted the invitation and Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh will be travelling to Moscow to attend the function. Russian Ambassador Nikolai Kudashev, Russian Ambassador to India announced the information regarding the visit of Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh saying ‘We hope that the visit of Defence Minister of India, an important strategic partner of Russia, is fruitful.’ Units from all the three Indian defence forces will be participating in the grand parade to be organised during the celebrations. With this, Russia is giving indications that cooperation with India is strong.
While the visit of Indian Defence Minister is starting, reports are being published that Russia is willing to supply the fighter jets to India in a short time. The defence ministry approval, for the proposal to purchase 12 Sukhoi30 MKI and 21 MiG 29 fighter jets, from Russia is pending. It was reported that the process had been expedited, given the tension reigning with China. It is reported, quoting highly placed sources that Russia has made preparations to deliver the fighter jets, as early as possible, if the agreement is reached and signed between the two governments.