In the geo-politics of major power defence and security relations India seems to have transcended the impossible – conflict and competition between the West implying the United States and the East – Russia.
Increasing conflict between key strategic partners and interoperability considerations are likely to constrain defence capability building
Statements by key U.S. officials against acquisition of the S 400 by India from Russia and Indian insistence on sovereign rights in decision making raise concerns of larger impact on defence relations
India will have to overcome increasing conflict between main strategic partners and inter-operability to achieve strategic autonomy through sustained defence capability building
India plays a vital role in the U.S. vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific says Political-Military Affairs (PM) Bureau of the United States Department of State
United States CAATSA can pose contract complications for India in the light of continuing competition in US and Russia relations.
Can an essentially defensive system replace the offensive potential of fighter aircraft even where deployed in the air defence role?
US Secretary James Mattis and Indian Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman held delegation level talks, main agenda apparently was to finalise various acquisition programmes
United States in a dilemma of sanctioning India under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA)
Once India deploys the S 400 Pakistan can longer claim full spectrum deterrence, thus in that respect the missile system is a game changer.
India’s credibility as an emerging power will be tested in making the decision on the S 400 procurement which is in national interest.
US Congress provides relief by making a waiver possible to India amongst other countries for buying arms from Russia at least in the year 2019.
There are core issues at stake for India in the Helsinki Summit between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on 16 July
India US 2+2 Dialogue has much strategic import and should be held soonest being an effective mechanism to resolve differences even though the deliverables are limited
India and the US are set to hold the 2+2 Dialogue on 6 July after a long delay due to scheduling challenges where JCPOA, CAATSA & GSP will be key issues
Even as QUAD in the Indo Pacific is being debated a contested QUAD II may pose a major challenge for India diplomacy in the wake of growing Russia Pakistan military to military cooperation
United States Department of Defence may support India and Russia arms trade given the challenges faced in payments due to imposition of the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
India Russia defence relations are strategic in nature due to innate contribution to capacity building leading to deterrence stability
Islamic Revolution Guards Corps statement blasted recent remarks by US President Donald Trump against IRGC,

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