Towards the backdrop of doable US sanctions on the $5.four billion take care of Russia for S-400 air defence techniques, India on Friday mentioned it has an unbiased international coverage that guides defence acquisitions according to nationwide safety pursuits.
Latest studies have instructed the US may impose secondary sanctions underneath the Countering America’s Adversaries By way of Sanctions Act (CAATSA). The Russian facet has mentioned the deal for 5 S-400 techniques is progressing in line with schedule regardless of the specter of doable sanctions.
“India and the US have a complete international strategic partnership. India has a particular and privileged strategic partnership with Russia,” exterior affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava advised a weekly information briefing.
“India has at all times pursued an unbiased international coverage. This additionally applies to our defence acquisitions and provides that are guided by our nationwide safety pursuits,” he mentioned in response to a query on the S-400 deal.
Outgoing US envoy Kenneth Juster mentioned this week that sanctions underneath CAATSA weren’t aimed in opposition to mates of the US, although India would possibly quickly have to make onerous selections concerning the acquisition of navy .
India has sought to maintain its choices open on arms purchases and the nation’s management has signalled its intent to proceed with the acquisition of navy from Russia, which accounts for greater than 60 per cent of the weapons techniques of the three companies.
Responding to a different query on the US administration’s plans to switch the choice course of for H-1B visas by giving precedence to wage and expertise as an alternative of the present lottery, Srivastava mentioned India is in communication with the American facet to make sure “elevated predictability” within the visa regime.
Virtually 70 per cent of the 65,000 H-1B visas issued by the US every year go to Indian nationals.
“We’re engaged with the US authorities for elevated predictability within the visa regime and to minimise inconvenience to Indian nationals within the US or these proposing to journey to the US for bonafide causes, together with the motion of Indian professionals,” Srivastava mentioned.
India has additionally famous the US authorities’s current proclamations extending by three months the suspension of entry of sure immigrants and non-immigrants, he mentioned.
“Individuals-to-people relations are an important a part of the partnership between India and the US. There may be recognition within the US of the truth that Indian expert professionals have contributed to the expansion of the US economic system and helped the US retain its aggressive edge and innovation benefit,” he added.