India coveys US the final decision over $5 billion Missile Defence System deal with Russia

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India coveys US the final decision over $5 billion Missile Defence System deal with Russia

NEW DELHI - India coveys Unoted States the final decision over $5 billion Missile Defence System deal with Russia.

India on Wednesday told the U.S. that it would act upon its own national interests while dealing with sanctions-hit Russia from whom New Delhi is procuring S-400 missile defense systems.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar made a joint statement in New Delhi after the countries’ first high-level bilateral talks after the Modi government’s reelection.

Asked about the possibility of U.S. sanctions due to New Delhi’s $5 billion purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems, Jaishankar said India has relationships with several countries.

“We will do what is in our national interest and part of that strategic partnership is the ability of each country to comprehend and appreciate the national interest of the other,” he added.

– New heights in relations

For his part, Pompeo said India was an important partner of the U.S. and that bilateral ties were reaching new heights.

Jaishankar underlined New Delhi’s “appreciation for the strong support that we have received from the Trump administration.”