New Delhi on Friday pushed again in opposition to the Russian overseas minister’s stand that the West’s Indo-Pacific insurance policies have been aimed toward enmeshing India in “anti-China video games”, saying the nation has an impartial overseas coverage based mostly on its nationwide pursuits.
India’s long-standing ties with Russia, together with within the sphere of military-technical cooperation, stand on their very own deserves and New Delhi doesn’t understand the Indo-Pacific as an unique membership directed in opposition to any nation, exterior affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated.
Russian overseas minister Sergey Lavrov had created a flutter in diplomatic circles by telling a gathering of state-run assume tank Russian Worldwide Affairs Council on Tuesday that Western powers have been selling the Indo-Pacific technique and the Quadrilateral Safety Dialogue or Quad to interact India in “anti-China video games”. On the identical time, Lavrov stated, the West is attempting to undermine Russia’s partnership with India.
Requested about these remarks at a weekly information briefing, Srivastava stated, “India has all the time pursued an impartial overseas coverage based mostly on its nationwide curiosity. India’s relationship with every nation is impartial of its relations with third nations.”
He added, “We hope that that is nicely understood and appreciated by all our companions.”
India’s place on the Indo-Pacific had been “unequivocally outlined” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi throughout a speech on the Shangri-La Dialogue in June 2018. “India doesn’t see the Indo-Pacific area as a technique or as a membership of restricted members or as a grouping that seeks to dominate. It isn’t directed in opposition to any nation. It stands for a free, open and inclusive area,” Srivastava stated.
Whereas addressing the Russian Worldwide Affairs Council in Moscow, Lavrov had additionally stated that the “very robust strain” from the US on India regarding military-technical cooperation is a part of the efforts to undermine the partnership with Russia.
The remarks have been apparently a reference to the US menace of imposing sanctions on India below the Countering America’s Adversaries By means of Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for the $5.Four-billion take care of Russia for S-400 air defence programs.
Nevertheless, Srivastava stated India’s long-standing relations with Russia have been characterised as a “particular and privileged strategic partnership”, and 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of this strategic partnership. “Our relationships with Russia stand on their very own deserves, together with within the sphere of military-technical cooperation,” he stated.
Russia at the moment accounts for greater than 60 per cent of the stock of India’s armed forces regardless of New Delhi’s efforts to amass weapon programs from extra numerous sources, together with the US, Israel and France. The US has pushed India lately to amass extra American army .
Whereas India has acquired platforms corresponding to Chinook and Apache helicopters and C-17 heavy carry plane and leased MQ-9B Sea Guardian drones from the US, it has additionally inked big-ticket offers with Russia for buying the S-400 programs and assault rifles.