India defies U.S. sanctions trigger, inks deal with Russia to buy S-400 air defense system

India defies U.S. sanctions trigger, inks deal with Russia to buy S-400 air defense system
Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi at a business summit in India, Oct 2018. YouTube, Narendra Modi Office of the Prime Minister

[Ed. – China’s not getting any smaller on the horizon.  Attention is always fixed on the India-Pakistan rivalry, but it’s concern about China that drives India’s major muscle movements.  This one isn’t surprising.  India has been a “non-aligned” leader for more than half a century, and serves her own interests best by keeping a hand in with all sides.  Obama ignored India for eight years; it will take a bit to repair that deficit.  The good news is that where we and India have common interests in Southeast and Southwest Asia, we’re actually engaged in a lot of confidence-building cooperation.]

India agreed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 surface to air missile systems on Friday, the two sides said, as New Delhi disregarded U.S. warnings that such a purchase could trigger sanctions under U.S. law.

Although there was no public signing, the deal was sealed during President Vladimir Putin’s ongoing visit to New Delhi for an annual summit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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