India’s Defense Minister on S-400 Deal: US Laws Don’t Apply to New Delhi


India and Russia have reached a final stage in negotiations on supplies of S-400 Triumf air defense systems, Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Friday adding that the United States was not the United Nations to try to apply its laws internationally.

“We have told the US Congress delegation [that visited India] that this it is US law and not a UN law,” Sitharaman said as quoted by the Tribune newspaper, adding that the law did not apply to India.

On June 5, Nirmala Sitharaman said that New Delhi and Moscow had reached the final stage in negotiations on the delivery of S-400s.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the US House Armed Services Committee William Thornberry said in an interview with NDTV that India’s decision to purchase the missile system from Russia could require access to sophisticated US military equipment, including Predator drones for surveillance and reconnaissance missions, which could be used in operations against terrorists in Pakistan. Read More

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