Sep 15, 2018, 5:10 PM
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Interaction with Russia, Iran India's disdain for US pressure

New Delhi, Sept 15, IRNA- Only days after US Secretary of State and defense minister's trip to New Delhi, India has declared its intention to increase its relations with Russia especially in the defense sector, disregarding the repeated threats by the United States to impose sanctions on countries that cooperate with Moscow and Tehran.

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who traveled to Moscow to prepare a trip by Russian President Vladimir Putin to India, revealed at his meetings that New Delhi, despite the close ties with the United States as Its strategic alliance, in the region Washington called 'India- Oceania', has decided to go its own way and act in accordance with its national interests.

India's numerous defense contracts with Russia, especially on the purchase of advanced missiles in recent months, has been challenged by Donald Trump as the president of the United States due to Washington's pressures, but now India has announced during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to New Delhi on October 4th, he will eventually sign the contract.

Swaraj's visit to Russia has received the high attentions of media in India, as two American ministers arrived in India on weekends to convince the authorities in pursuing US policies toward Iran that they were allegedly unsuccessful.

The acclaimed Statemen newspaper emphasized that Swaraj traveled to Moscow only a few days after the two-two talks between Foreign and Defense Ministers of India and the United States to attend the Indian-Russian intergovernmental meeting.

The purpose of Putin's visit to New Delhi next month is to attend the summit of India and Russia.

Indian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Rawish Kumar, in a Twitter message, spoke on Swaraj 's journey to continue strategic promising, prominent, India-Russia strategic partnership in economic and technological cooperation.

He also wrote that Swaraj, in her interaction with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, had good talks on bilateral issues and the region.

Swaraj, who traveled to Russia three times in the past 11 months, had a short stay in Ashgabat before arriving in Moscow, and met with his Turkmen counterpart Rashid Mudrov about bilateral relations.

Indian officials said India and Russia completed talks on the price of the S-400 missile system that was to be used by the Indian Air Force.

According to Indian authorities, the two countries are now seeking a solution to circumvent the US sanctions against Russia.


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