India likely to miss NATO+ grouping of US arms buyers

The US House of Representatives is scheduled to pass on Friday a defence budget legislation without a provision that would have put major defence purchases intended for India on the same fast-track mechanism that is now used for clearing arms deals for America’s NATO allies and a handful of other countries.

This will effectively end efforts to catapult India into that category in 2020, as the US Senate’s defence bill for the coming fiscal, passed late June, also did not contain that clause.

Multiple people involved in the framing and movement of the legislative provision through US Congress attributed the collapse of these efforts, in background interviews, to opposition from the state department and some to the Congress for India’s planned purchase of Russian S-400 missile defence systems. Read More

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