India will go by its national interest: S Jaishankar tells US on S-400 missile system deal with Russia

Amid concerns in the US over India procuring S-400 missile defence system from Russia, India said on Wednesday that will go by its national interest and has many bilateral relationships which also have a history

Asian News International June 26, 2019 19:31:24 IST
India will go by its national interest: S Jaishankar tells US on S-400 missile system deal with Russia
  • Amid concerns in the US over India procuring S-400 missile defence system from Russia, India said on Wednesday that will go by its national interest

  • S Jaishankar said that part of a strategic partnership is the ability of each country to comprehend and appreciate the national interest of the other

  • Jaishankar made the above remark in a joint press interaction with visiting US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo

  • There have been suggestions from the US side that India should look for alternatives to the S-400 missile system and transactions with Russia risk triggering CAATSA

New Delhi: Amid concerns in the US over India procuring S-400 missile defence system from Russia, India said on Wednesday that will go by its national interest and has many bilateral relationships which also have a history.

At a joint press interaction with visiting US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that part of a strategic partnership is the ability of each country to comprehend and appreciate the national interest of the other.

India will go by its national interest S Jaishankar tells US on S400 missile system deal with Russia

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar speaks as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during their joint press conference. PTI

"We have many relationships with many countries. Many of them are of some standing. They have a history. So, I think, we will do what we do is on our national interest. And again, part of that strategic partnership is the ability of each country to comprehend and appreciate the national interest of the other," he said.

He was responding to a question about India risking sanctions under CAATSA (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) if it went ahead with deal to procure S-400 missile systems from Russia.

In an indication that the US may have softened its stance on the issue, Pompeo said the two countries should be able to provide security for themselves.

"We want to make sure that each of our two countries is able to provide security for itself. We want India to be able to do that as well," he said.

There have been suggestions from the US side that India should look for alternatives to the S-400 missile system and transactions with Russia risk triggering CAATSA .

But while there are some concerns in the US about India procuring the system from Russia, it is also seen to be appreciative of India's requirements.

There is also an understanding in New Delhi that India fulfills requirements of a waiver under the US law.

India has been in discussions with Russia for almost 10 years regarding S-400 missile system and the two sides have concluded a contract.

India has told the US the rationale and the circumstances that compel it to go for the system.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

US Open 2020: Victoria Azarenka in pain after losing in final but vows to fight for more Grand Slams
Sports

US Open 2020: Victoria Azarenka in pain after losing in final but vows to fight for more Grand Slams

Victoria Azarenka lost to Japan's Naomi Osaka in three sets at Flushing Meadows on Saturday in her first appearance in the final of a tennis major in seven years.

Afghanistan government airstrikes kill 24 civilians, injure 6 in northern province of Kunduz, say witnesses
World

Afghanistan government airstrikes kill 24 civilians, injure 6 in northern province of Kunduz, say witnesses

The Afghan defence ministry claimed the airstrikes killed 30 Taliban fighters, but added an investigation was being held into claims that civilians were among the dead

'Sad, shameful': Rajnath Singh slams Opposition for ruckus in RS over farmers bills, reassures cultivators on MSP
India

'Sad, shameful': Rajnath Singh slams Opposition for ruckus in RS over farmers bills, reassures cultivators on MSP

Rajnath, at a press conference called in Delhi along with Union ministers Prakash Javadekar, Pralhad Joshi, Piyush Goyal, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Thawarchand Gehlot, said while it is the responsibility of the ruling side to enable discussions in the House, it is also Opposition's duty to maintaining decorum.