Union Minister Sushma Swaraj said the Modi govt's
foreign policy wasn't framed either under pressure of a foreign country, or out
of love for a foreign country, or in reaction to another country.
relations seem to have hit a rough patch after making great strides in the last
the heart of the issues are the two country's contrasting relationship with
Russia and Iran. While US has imposed sanctions on both the countries, India
has suggested that it will continue dealing with both the nations.
US on Monday 28 May 2018 expressed concerns about India's planned Rs 400
billion deal to buy the sophisticated, long-range S-400
air defence system from Russia.
is a lot of concern in the US, in both the administration and the Congress,
over the S-400 system. There is concern that any country and not just India
that acquires that system will complicate our ability to work towards
interoperability together,” Chairman
of the US Arms Service Committee Mac Thornberry said on Monday.
to sources, India has concluded
price negotiations with Russia and is now trying to find a way out
to evade the provisions of a US law (CAATSA) that seeks to punish countries and
entities engaged in transactions with the defence or intelligence establishment
deal is likely to be announced before an annual summit between Prime Minister
Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin in October.
US had announced sanctions against Russia under the stringent law for its
alleged meddling in the American presidential election in 2016.
is the case with Iran. US President Donald Trump this month withdrew the US
from the Iran
nuclear deal and
ordered the reimposition of sanctions suspended under the 2015 accord.
however, has made it clear that it has not abided by the US sanctions on Iran
or Venezuela in the past, neither will it this time.
is our clear stand that we abide by UN sanctions, not country-specific
sanctions. India-Iran trade had continued the last time as well,” External
Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday.
US has reportedly moved to address the issues. Thornberry said the US was
making sanctions against Russia "flexible" for its allies like India
to allow them breathing room to continue dealing with Moscow only to maintain
their legacy equipment.