Sukhoi acquisition hallmark of MSY's tenure as defence minister

India could not purchase fighter jets at the time when the MiGs were ageing and western nations refused to sell Indian Air Force critical armoury. "It was a critical period in Russia's recent political history and India faced a challenge as well. Mulayam Singh Yadav played a stellar role in the acquisition of Sukhois," former envoy to Russia DB Venkatesh Varma told ET.

via Economictimes

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