US sanctions: India defends right to buy Russian arms
WASHINGTON: Foreign minister S Jaishankar on Monday defended India's right to buy a missile defense system from Russia despite the threat of sanctions from the United States.
"We have always maintained that what we buy — the sourcing of military equipment — is very much a sovereign right," he told reporters ahead of a meeting with secretary of state Mike Pompeo.
"We would not like any state to tell us what to buy or not to buy from Russia any more than we would like any state to tell us to buy or not buy from America," he said.
"That freedom of choice is ours and we think it's in everybody's interest to recognize that," he said.
India, a Cold War ally of the Soviet Union, last year agreed to buy five S-400 systems for $5.2 billion, and Russia has said that delivery is on track.
Truth•2 hours ago
Try to make instead of Buy
Bonny Moraes•Goa•2 hours ago
Everybody has the right to advertise his product. But nobody can force a customer what to buy and from whom to buy. The consumers priories are: his need, the quality and the cost.
Shankarnarayan Sarma•Ghaziabad(UP)•2 hours ago
India is a sovereign republic and reserves the right to purchase things from any country it likes.
Meeran•2 hours ago
after howdi modi...whats this..?? trump playing pure politics with both india and pakistan and we are becoming fools...like 2 cats fought and the monkey ate the whole...
India Rising•3 hours ago
One superpower shouldn’t dictate another one! Respect please!
Nalina b.r•Bangalore•3 hours ago
That''s time, its India''s sovereign right. No country ought to dictate terms.
Keya• Nalina b.r•2 hours ago
There is no.relevance to press Ijndia.This would result in loss of faith- in two.
Chandrasekar Raghavan•Unknown•3 hours ago
RIC -Russia India China trade block with equal share for all is best solution. We will then have biggest market
Avijit•3 hours ago
Now Who cares USA?.... It's not Pakistan or Saudi Arabia. It's Super Power India, ruling by MODI Govt.
Guru Ghantal•3 hours ago
American dollars are very enticing. Nobody I heard talking about Russian ruble.
Singhsukhdev Singh•3 hours ago
Niteen Katagade•Unknown•3 hours ago
US supplies arms to Pak.knowing well that it will be used against India.
Anil Kumar•Hyderabad•3 hours ago
This is the way to deal on all major and sensitive issues. Assertive, put our point fair and firmly. Let others understand, India cannot be coerced.
Ramesh Lad•3 hours ago
I believe on Modi hi . He can buy something that is great and highly interested in India from other countries
Siddhartha Bhattacharya•3 hours ago
Never before India has been so assertive about its fundemental rights. Hats off to our Prime Minister and his team.
Nit•3 hours ago
US should help india strengthen..no point in starting trade war with a country which is still developing