Stressing on India’s independent policymaking, Army chief Bipin Rawat on Sunday said that the Russian Army is “very keen” on associating with the Indian Army.
Speaking at an event in New Delhi, Rawat said, “Russians are very keen on associating with the Indian Army because we are a very capable army. We are capable of standing for what is right for us.”
The statement comes amid fears of US sanctions over the S-400 missile deal with Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed a $5 billion deal for India to procure one of the world’s most advanced air-defence systems, the S-400 Triumf missile shield on Friday.
The US has threatened to impose restrictions on India for dealing with Russia which is already under sanctions. The deal could attract sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) that is primarily aimed at countering Russia, Iran and North Korea. Read more