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Geraldine Edwards
October 5, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin at a private dinner at the Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi, soon after he arrived in India.

Saying the deal is at a "stage where it can be finalized", Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman pointed out last week that, "We have a big legacy of buying defense equipment from Russian Federation". But immediately after the end of the talks, Secretary of State Pompeo made quite conciliatory statements, meaning that India is too important partner for the United States and Washington would not want to jeopardize these relations by taking some steps that can be viewed in Delhi as hostile.

"The Administration has indicated that a focus area for the implementation of CAATSA Section 231 is new or qualitative upgrades in capability - including the S-400 air and missile defense system", the spokesperson said.

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That might not be enough to outweigh supply concerns but the scope for further strong price gains near-term seems limited. Qatar's Minister of Energy and Industry Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada defended the current OPEC strategy on Wednesday.

"We urge all of our allies and partners to forgo transactions with Russian Federation that would trigger sanctions under CAATSA", a State Department spokesperson said on Wednesday when asked about India's plan to purchase multi-billion S-400 missile defence system from Russian Federation.

The Russian leader will also interact with a group of children and will address an India-Russia business meet. Indians have become players in the U.S. - from Wall Street, to Silicon Valley, to Hollywood - pursuing opportunities that Russian Federation can not match. Although New Delhi has diversified in recent years and the USA has emerged as its second biggest source of arms, Moscow still remains an important source of weapons. But its closeness to China is a problem that India is very uncomfortable about. "The fact is, we need to maintain strong and positive ties with both, even if the strains between them are growing".

"Negotiation on S-400 air defence systems has been on for a long while and it is at a stage where it can be finalised", Sitharaman said last week.

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But even more significantly, his pledge to engage in advocating for higher wage standards shows remarkable and rare leadership. In Amazon's statement Tuesday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that the company listened to critics and "decided we want to lead".

After an increase in prices that resulted from reduction, participants of the deal agreed in June 2018 to raise output by 1 million bpd.

However, the USA is in a hard position when it comes to India. During his visit to New Delhi a year ago, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov had publicly called on India to join China's Belt and Road initiative and hoped that New Delhi will find a way out to benefit from the mega connectivity project without sacrificing its position on the issues flagged by it. Moscow is now expanding India's biggest nuclear power plant in Kudankulam. What is behind this contract, what forces tried to prevent it, and should the Russian-Indian cooperation be limited only by the military field? US' stand effectively means that any country that engages in defence or intelligence sharing with Russian Federation could also be subject to sanctions.

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The records did not include Trump's personal tax returns, which he has refused to release, breaking with decades of precedent. The value of the properties in tax returns totalled $41.4 million, vastly less than the Times says they were worth.

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