In a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated his nation''s commitment to further strengthen the "special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries in all spheres"
Besides economic benefits and similarities of political regime, Moscow uses military cooperation with China as a response to the development and deployment by the US of missile defences close to Russia. Moreover, Moscow is concerned about the fate of the New START treaty between the US and Russia
In October 2018, India signed a deal for $5.2 billion with Russia to buy 5 units of the S-400 anti-missile system. The first batch of this system was expected to reach India by the end of 2021, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be further delayed to the year 2025