India-Russia defence cooperation, particularly the proposed Indian acquisition of the S-400 air defence system, continued to be the focus of attention of US Congresspersons and officials of the Trump Administration, who warned India that this deal (and India-Russia defence cooperation in general) would attract American sanctions under CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act). In separate explicit media statements, both India’s Defence Minister and its Ambassador to Russia said India would not let CAATSA veto its defence cooperation with Russia. Towards end-June, it was reported that the Defence Acquisitions Council had approved the terms of purchase of the S-400.
India’s vote against the British resolution in the OPCW was obviously in support of Russia, though India should even otherwise be concerned at such efforts to circumvent treaty provisions and UN Security Council jurisdiction. PM Modi’s clarification in his recent Shangri La speech in Singapore – that India does not see the Indo-Pacific Region as a strategy or as a club of limited members – was perhaps intended both for Russia and China.
June 30, 2018