In the very first top-level engagement along with Russia after the BJP-led NDA government came to power, India has objected to the proposed sale of Mi-35 Russian military attack helicopters by Russia to Pakistan.
Russia has so far not sold any weapons in the past to Pakistan out of regard for Indian issues and sensitivities on the matter. As per Indian media, the issue was raised highly by India during discussions between external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Russian deputy PM Dmitry O. Rogozin.
The issue was also understood to have been mentioned in a gathering between the visiting Russian dignitary and defence minister Arun Jaitley. Russia has been the biggest arms supplier to India.
“The question regarding our defence cooperation and any issues that impact this in terms of our concern were raised,” MEA spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said.