India has always pursued independent foreign policy: MEA on S-400 purchase from Russia

India has always pursued independent foreign policy: MEA on S-400 purchase from Russia
India has always pursued independent foreign policy: MEA on S-400 purchase from Russia

India has always pursued an independent foreign policy that also applies to its defence acquisitions and supplies, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Friday, days after a US Congressional report warned that New Delhi’s purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defence system may trigger American sanctions.

Prepared for the members of the US Congress for them to take informed decisions, the report said, “India’s multi-billion dollar deal to purchase the Russian-made S-400 air defence system may trigger US sanctions on India under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.”

Asked how does the MEA reacts to recent observations by US Ambassador to India Ken Juster and a US Congressional report on the possibility of sanctions over India’s purchase of the S-400 missile defence system, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava at an online media briefing said India and the US have a comprehensive global strategic partnership.

“India has a special and privileged strategic partnership with Russia. India has always pursued an independent foreign policy,” he said, adding that this also applies to “our defence acquisitions and supplies which are guided by our national security interests”.

Meanwhile, to another question on Canadian leader Ramandeep Brar being reportedly seen supporting the farmers’ protests at Delhi borders and if it amounted to violation of visa norms, Srivastava said, “We have noted these reports and we are ascertaining these facts.”

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