US discourages India’s dependence on Russia for defense needs: Pentagon

The US advises India not to rely on Russia for its defense needs, the Pentagon said. In October 2018, India signed a $5 billion deal with Russia to buy five units of the S-400 Triumf air defense missile system to bolster its air defenses, despite a warning from the then Trump administration that a continuation of the deal could invite US sanctions.

The US has already imposed sanctions on Turkey under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for buying a batch of S-400 missile defense systems from Russia.

“We have made it very clear to both India and other nations that we do not want them to rely on Russia for defense. We’ve only been honest about it and advised against it,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters at a news conference here on Friday.

“At the same time, we also value the defense partnership we have with India. And as revealed a week ago, we’re looking at ways to improve this in the future. It’s going to stay that way because it matters and matters,” he said.
“India is a security provider in the region and we appreciate that,” Kirby said.

US State Department adviser Derek Chollet said Thursday the Biden administration is keen to work with India as it diversifies its defense capabilities and defense suppliers. US discourages India’s dependence on Russia for defense needs: Pentagon

Chris Barrese

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