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India to Maintain Independent Ties with Russia

04.05.2017 18:18

India will maintain its relationship with Russia "independent of the US" as Moscow is willing to provide in depth capabilities and technologies which America would not offer, a top US expert has said.

"I think India will always have a relationship with Russia independent of the United States for a very simple reason, that the Russians have been far more willing to providing in depth strategic capabilities and strategic technologies of the kind that we would not either for reasons of policy or law," claimed Ashley Tellis, a senior fellow of the Carnegie Endowment for International Relations during the meeting of the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday.

"Our objective with India has been more subtle than I think has been expressed often in the public commentary. The United States has approached India with a view to building its own capabilities, rather than seeking to forge an alliance," noted Mr Tellis. The White House expects that Delhi can balance the growing influence of China.