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US sanctions can’t change ‘time-tested’ India, Russia relations, says Russian envoy
Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin says unilateral sanctions are creating impediments for Russia and those who do business with it.
Nayanima Basu Updated: 25 July, 2019 6:17 pm IST

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New Delhi: Bilateral relations between India and Russia are “time-tested” and US sanctions will not impact the growing bonhomie between the two countries, according to a Russian envoy.

“Russia-India relations are time-tested and it cannot he stopped by sanctions…,” said Roman Babushkin, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Russia, at a press conference in the national capital.

Babushkin also said Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be holding the Russia-India Summit on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum, scheduled to be held in Vladivostok, Russia, from 4-6 September. Modi will be attending the forum as the chief guest.

US sanctions on Russia
Referring to the US-led sanctions on Moscow, Babushkin said, “Unilateral sanctions are against the global rules-based order…Unilateral sanctions are creating huge impediments not just for Russia, but those who do business with Russia.”

Russia had been under western sanctions since 2012. The US separately has put as many as 60 rounds of sanctions on Russian companies, government agencies and individuals. The sanctions have been imposed pertaining to Russia’s policy towards Ukraine.

In 2017, the US had passed the Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) to stop Russia from selling its arsenals.

India, on the other hand, has a long and historic defence relationship with Russia. Almost 60 per cent of Indian defence platforms are Russian. India will also soon be purchasing the Russian S-400 Triumf air defence system — a bone of contention between India and the US
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The s-400 pretty much confirms this. I also think there is a good chance India will resume the Russian fifth-gen fighter project in addition to purchasing more Rafales.
 

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