Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmaniyan Jayshankar with India flag

Indian Foreign Minister: Washington should not indicate New Delhi whether to purchase military equipment from Russia or not

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Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmaniyan Jayshankar said that Washington should not tell New Delhi who to buy or not to buy military equipment, including the issue of acquiring S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) from Russia.

“We have always argued that our procurement, the selection of suppliers of military equipment is an absolutely sovereign right,” Jaishankar told reporters during a visit to Washington.

“We would not want some state to tell us what to buy or not to buy from Russia; how and if some state would tell us whether to buy or not to buy from America,” he said.  “This is our freedom of choice, and we think that it is in the interest of all to recognize this,” said the Foreign Minister of India.

At the same time, Jaishankar admitted that India is discussing with the United States “Washington’s concerns” about the acquisition of S-400 air defense systems from Moscow.

New Delhi announced its intention to acquire the S-400 back in 2015.  The contract for the supply of the S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile system worth $ 5.43 billion was signed during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to India last year.  This caused serious dissatisfaction with Washington, which threatens to impose sanctions on states acquiring weapons and military equipment from Russia.

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