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Procuring S-400: Changing dynamics of foreign relations

Procuring S-400: Changing dynamics of foreign relations
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While over the past decade, the US has come forward as India’s strategic partner and has signed significant agreements, expecting India to sideline Russia is asking for too much too soon, says the author.


Richa Tokas, doctoral student at O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India.


Despite looming threats of US sanctions, India has received the first of five S-400 air defence weapon systems from Russia. It will be interesting to see how this deal will affect India’s relationship with the US.

Will the US impose sanctions as it has done on other countries dealing with Russia or will it choose to spare India, looking at the balance of power in the South Asian region and counter China’s increasing hegemony in the region?

The US so far remains non-committal on whether it will waive sanctions on India under CAATSA. Moreover, will India’s affinity towards Russia result in stronger Indo-Russian relations than they have been in the past decade?

This Commentary will try and analyse India’s, US’, and Russia’s stand along with their reasoning behind taking that stand. It will also touch upon the relationship dynamics of all these countries with China and how this dynamic will have a significant impact in South Asia.

Published in: Strategic Analysis

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