‘WE’RE INDEPENDENT’: INDIA DEFIES US SANCTIONS OVER BILLION-WORTH S-400 DEAL WITH RUSSIA | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

‘WE’RE INDEPENDENT’: INDIA DEFIES US SANCTIONS OVER BILLION-WORTH S-400 DEAL WITH RUSSIA

India’s not cowed by US threats of sanctions for buying Russia’s S-400 missile systems, as it follows an “independent policy,” an army chief said, adding that his country had to think of what is “strategically important.”
General Bipin Rawat implied that his country is no vassal state, and it has every right to go ahead with a $5.4 billion purchase of five surface-to-air missile systems from Russia.

He spoke at the General K V Krishna Rao inaugural memorial lecture in the Indian capital, New Delhi.

“When Russians asked about the American sanctions, my reply was, ‘yes, we do appreciate that there could be sanctions on us, but we follow an independent policy,’” the general said after a six-day visit to Russia, during which he met a string of top Armed Forces officials.

The contract was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the two met on Friday in the city. India inked the deal despite the US warning that any country trading with Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors would automatically be slapped with sanctions under the sweeping and newly implemented Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATS).

But General Rawat said told a Russian reporter there is “no end in sight to the manner in which we can cooperate with your country,” adding that the way forward is to consider what is “strategically important for us.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are a number of countries which are eager to ditch both the dollar, and the SWIFT system of exchange, in order to do what is best for their countries and economies, and buy Russian-made military equipment.

This threat of sanctions will only push India and Russia close together, just as have sanctions on Iran pushed it closer to Russia and China.

Sorry, but I don't think that this was the design intent of those in the bowels of power in DC, who decided that sanctions....could resolve everything; in fact, these sanctions appear to be exploding, collectively, like a box of bad trick cigars, right in their faces.

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