This will be the 19th annual India-Russia bilateral summit.
Russian Federation is still India's biggest arms supplier, and the two have had warm ties since Stalin died in 1953. This deal may attract economic sanctions from the US under CAATSA, since US President Donald Trump is yet to certify the deal. This declaration signed by Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey underscored that "for ensuring global and regional peace and stability, the issue of Jammu and Kashmir needs peaceful resolution by Pakistan and India in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions". One is associated with attempts to create competitive advantages for its own products using political pressure (it is known that the United States offered its Patriot systems to India instead of S-400).
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"The S-400 systems have not been battle-tested but technologically they are quite good, also relatively cheap". This chopper deal has already been agreed upon through an inter-governmental agreement. Welcoming Modi to Sochi "personally as a big friend" of Russia, Putin said his visit would give a fresh impetus to bilateral ties. "When India came out as a nuclear weapons power in 1998, practically the whole world put sanctions on us".
Also on the agenda is Russian training for Indian astronauts as New Delhi aims to launch its first crewed space mission in 2022.
The focus is likely to be on the three key deals.
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India and Russian Federation are likely to sign a $2.5 billion deal for four more Krivak/Talwar class stealth frigates for the navy on Friday during the summit, two senior officials familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
India and Russian Federation have a close relationship that dates back to the Cold War, when the US tilted toward Pakistan, India's neighbor and archrival.
"It is not practical to think India will be able to reduce its dependence on Russian Federation or it can close its options of buying from other countries", says defense analyst Amit Cowshish at the Indian Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses in New Delhi.
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On the strategic front, Russian Federation helped India become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation this year and has backed New Delhi's long-held demand for a permanent UN Security Council seat.