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US sanctions on India for buying Russian S-400 missiles unlikely

'Historical relationships notwithstanding, we are a partner of choice for India now,' says US State Department.

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Ajai Shukla New Delhi
On Tuesday, the US State Department said that, although the US has sanctioned Russia over the last four weeks, including the imposition of defence sanctions, the Biden administration is not about to sanction India anytime soon for buying S-400 air defence missile systems from Russia.

At a media briefing in Washington DC, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price also said that India’s strong dependency on Russian arms was the outcome of an era in which Washington, and some of its partner countries, were unwilling to have defence and security ties with New Delhi.

New Delhi is concerned that its impending

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First Published: Mar 23 2022 | 12:49 PM IST

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