INDIA - Missile Deal with Russia Despite US Warning

Arno Froese

India agreed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 surface to air missile systems, the two sides said, as New Delhi disregarded U.S. warnings that such a purchase could trigger sanctions under U.S. law.

“The deal was signed on the fringes of the summit,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Reuters. The contract is estimated to be worth more than $5 billion and gives the Indian military the ability to shoot down aircraft and missiles at unprecedented ranges.

The United States imposed sanctions on China’s military for its purchase of combat fighters as well as the S-400 missile system it bought from Russia this year.

The two countries also signed eight agreements covering space, nuclear energy and railways at a televised news conference. “We always arrive to India with great pleasure as we know that we are surrounded here in the environment of very frank friendship, business cooperation,” Putin said.

Russia will also help India in its plans to mount a manned space mission by 2022.

“India gives the highest priority to ties with Russia, in fact in a changing world, our ties have become more important,” Modi said.

For all the warm words, ties with Moscow are a lot less central to Delhi than they were during the Cold War years, as India has diversified arms purchases, closing $15 billion of deals with the United States over the last decade.

-www.reuters.com, 6 October 2018

Arno's commentary

The latest international political business buzzword is “sanction.” But that goes two ways, as evidenced by the various tariffs applied to China, the European Union, and others by the United States. There seems to be no way for anyone to determine the outcome of this cat-and-mouse game. But, in the end, we—as Bible believers—know what will happen; namely, global unity ultimately enforced by some type of international law.

It is important to realize the times in which we live. Peace, security, and prosperity are the key elements to global unity. At risk is profit or potential loss in merchandising. That too can only be regulated and enforced by international law, yet to be fully written and accepted by all nations.

From the prophetic point of view, we are living in the fourth and last Gentile superpower structure, namely Rome. Daniel reveals much of this last empire, and writes in chapter 7, verse 7: “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.” This is an extremely negative picture. Why? Because our modern world today is more peaceful than ever before in history. There is more security, and specifically more prosperity. But from a spiritual perspective, it’s “dreadful…terrible…strong exceedingly…iron teeth…brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it.” Note the word “diverse,” when compared to all other Gentile power structures in history. That means our globalist world economy is unprecedented in history.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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