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Published: 1026 GMT June 26, 2019

India will do what is in national interest, Jaishankar tells Pompeo

India will do what is in national interest, Jaishankar tells Pompeo
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and External Affairs Minister of India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar attend a joint news conference after a meeting in New Delhi, India, on June 26, 2019.

India on Wednesday told the US that it will go by its national interest while dealing with other countries, including with sanctions-hit Russia from whom New Delhi is procuring S-400 missile defense systems.

This was conveyed by External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to his American counterpart Mike Pompeo during an extensive bilateral meeting in New Delhi, India Today reported.

While answering a question on the issue of sanctions under the US's Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) which may also impact India's procurement of the S-400 systems from Moscow, Jaishankar said India has relationships with several countries.

"We have many relationships...they have a history. We will do what is in our national interest and part of that strategic partnership is the ability of each country to comprehend and appreciate the national interest of the other," Jaishankar said.

The $5-billion deal to buy five batteries of Russian-made top-notch S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems was signed by President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October, RT wrote.

The US had long been warning India against buying Russian weapons, even hinting that dealings with Moscow could affect the future defense contracts with the Pentagon.

Last week, a State Department official warned that by buying the S-400s India risks “triggering” sanctions under the 2017 US law, known as CAATSA, which restricts dealings with certain countries, including Russia.


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