The route of Putin s convoy was lined with placards welcoming him in Russian and Hindi.
Now the purchase of the Russian missile system will "test the resilience of the relationship between the US and India", said C. Uday Bhaskar, a security expert and director of the Society for Policy Studies in New Delhi.
Sanctions on India look likely after Washington chose not to not spare China from sanctions last month after it also bought S-400 surface-to-air missile systems and fighter jets. However, it is still unlikely that India will be subject to financial sanctions as a result of the procurement as the United States does not want to jeopardize the evolving strategic partnership between the two countries.
India's relations with the U.S. have also been hit by trade frictions, with New Delhi seeking an exemption from higher tariffs on steel and aluminum imports announced by President Donald Trump administration.
Washington and New Delhi announced plans last month for joint military drills in 2019, and agreed on the exchange of sensitive military information. Russian Federation accounted for 62% of India's arms imports during 2013-17.
"The missile deal worth over five billion US dollars has been signed between India and Russian Federation".
"China is certainly a motivating factor - not only because of Chinese assertiveness in the Indian Ocean, but also because Beijing supplies about 70 percent of the weapons imported by Pakistan".
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India has also been irked by Trump's decision to exit from the 2015 nuclear deal between major powers and Iran, a major supplier of oil to the fast-growing Indian economy. Moscow is now expanding India s biggest nuclear power plant in Kudankulam.
The eight agreements that were signed on Friday spanned diverse areas ranging from space and nuclear cooperation to railways and agriculture.
Rakesh Sharma, the only Indian to travel in space, did so on a Soviet spacecraft in 1984. The deal is worth around $5 billion.
One of the announcements would be holding of the joint India-Russia counter-terrorism exercise, Indra-2018, set to be held from November 18 to 28, 2018. Consequently, given that the first S-400 delivery from Russian Federation to India is not expected until 2020, the US government will not have to immediately react to the conclusion of the sales agreement this week.
Ties received a boost previous year when Modi and Putin held a fruitful annual bilateral summit, followed by meetings in Astana and at the G20 in Germany.
The senators also unanimously passed a bill criminalizing age discrimination in firing and hiring workers who are five years away from retirement.
But Andrey Slepnev, Director of Russia Export Center, struck a positive not and dismissed USA actions as "illegal" and reaffirmed the need for continuity in bilateral cooperation between India and Russia.