Russia has suspended deliveries of anti-aircraft missile systems (WRU) s-400 “Triumph” in China, which portends an early sign of the emergence of “tension” in the growing strategic partnership between Russia and China, writes The National Interest.

“Moscow claims that this [happened] because of the pandemic, but I guess there is another reason,” says the American magazine.

The newspaper reminds that China has become the first foreign buyer of Russian s-400, agreeing to be purchased for three billion dollars 36 launchers “Triumph”.

The reason for the suspension of deliveries of s what the Chinese or the Russian side officially announced, could be the aggravation of the conflict between Delhi and Beijing in the district of Ladakh on the disputed border between India and China that occurred in June.

The National Interest notes that Russia probably would not want the deployment to China of s-400 “Triumph” in the conflict area. “This could potentially undermine the Russian-Indian relations,” the magazine concludes.

In July Defence24 also reported the suspension of deliveries of s-400 “Triumph” from Russia to China may be associated not with the constraints caused by a coronavirus infection and the Sino-Indian border conflict.

In the same month, the Minister of defence of Turkey, Hulusi Akar said that the country is ready to resolve U.S. concerns raised in respect of concerns of leakage characteristics of American fighter fifth generation F-35 Lightning II, which can happen because the s-400 “Triumph” of Russian production.