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US readying an arms-aid package to wean India away from Russian weapons

The effort is part of a much larger initiative by Joe Biden's administration to court India as a long-term security partner, despite its reluctance to criticize Russia for its invasion of Ukraine

An Indian Amy battle tank performs an operation demonstration during the DefExpo 20 in Lucknow. Photo: Bloomberg
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An Indian Amy battle tank performs an operation demonstration during the DefExpo 20 in Lucknow. Photo: Bloomberg

Sudhi Ranjan Sen and Peter Martin | Bloomberg
The US is preparing a military aid package for India to deepen security ties and reduce the country’s dependence on Russian weapons, people familiar with the matter said. 

The package under consideration would include foreign military financing of as much as $500 million, according to one person, which would make India one of the largest recipients of such aid behind Israel and Egypt. It’s unclear when the deal would be announced, or what weapons would be included. 

The effort is part of a much larger initiative by President Joe Biden’s administration to court India as a long-term security partner, despite

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First Published: May 18 2022 | 9:51 AM IST

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