“I would not want us to be dictated: what to buy or not to buy in Russia” - in India about the USA and S-400


The US Department of State believes that it is very likely that US sanctions will be imposed against India because of the country's acquisition of the Russian Triumph S-400 air defense systems. Although the representative of the department, responding at a briefing to questions from journalists, did not unequivocally say that this would happen.


US hints at imposing sanctions


The sanctions against India could be based on the CAATSA Act Against America's Adversaries Through Sanctions. This document was adopted in 2017 and provides for sanctions against those who cooperate in the military sphere with Russia, Iran or North Korea. In practice, the law was applied only against one state - Turkey, and in relation to other "violators" the USA is limited only to threats and hints. The deal between the Russian Federation and India to acquire S-400 systems may be subject to the law, but not so simple.

Yes, the representative of the State Department said that New Delhi does not have immunity from the application of US sanctions. On the other hand, India is one of the largest buyers of US weapons. Moreover, in 2016, the United States recognized India as the main defense partner, which has the priority right to acquire the latest models of military equipment.
The State Department official voiced the problem as follows:

The problem that we face in cases like India is the new purchase of potentially dangerous systems that either endanger our platforms or create a threat that our technologies will be in the hands of the adversary.


As an example, he cited Turkey’s purchase of S-400 systems, which can now pose a threat to US F-35 aircraft.

India's acquisition of S-400 is inevitable


Actually, in all this stories more commerce than politics. The Americans are not so much worried about Russia's dominance as the fact that the Russian Federation is pushing the United States in the arms market, taking away their lucrative orders.

And the saddest thing for the United States is that they are not able to interfere with the deal, even if they decide on sanctions against India. There are a number of objective reasons for this.

The main one - New Delhi has already decided. And practice shows that in India, usually accepted agreements are implemented. Moreover, the advance payment for the complexes has already been made, and an agreement on the delivery time has already been reached. The first of the five S-400 regiments will be delivered in September 2021, the rest will arrive until approximately 2025. In addition, among the Indian military there are already specialists trained to work on the S-400 Triumph. If you buy other systems, you will have to train staff. And the Russian air defense systems themselves are considered the best air-to-air missile defense systems in the world.

Most likely, in India, they calculated the risks and are ready to take them. It seems that they consider military-technical cooperation with Russia more important than with the United States.

Of even greater importance is the image of India as a country firmly following the path of non-alignment. According to the Indian television channel NDTV, such a statement was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of this South Asian state Subramaniam Jaishankar during his visit to the US capital in October last year:

I would not want any state to dictate to us what to buy or not to buy from Russia, as well as to dictate to us what to buy or not to buy from the USA.


India announced its intention to buy Russian S-400 Triumph systems in 2015, and a supply contract was concluded in New Delhi in 2018 during a visit to the Indian capital by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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  1. kot28.ru 10 January 2020 15: 21 New
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    American competition am
    1. Olgovich 10 January 2020 15: 24 New
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      Quote: kot28.ru
      American competition

      Hopefully India will survive.
      1. maxim947 10 January 2020 15: 27 New
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        Yeah, market relations ...
        As two well-known young reformers said, the market itself will regulate everything, one is no longer destined to contemplate this, and a red-headed ghoul would be asked in the eye - "Where are these honest market relations?
        Hopefully India will survive.
        Today it does not depend on the country, but on the politician who leads it. Today's political establishment in India is cautious, and this is probably right.
        1. Abbot 10 January 2020 16: 42 New
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          Yes, the representative of the State Department said that New Delhi does not have immunity from the application of US sanctions. On the other hand, India is one of the largest buyers of US weapons.

          From, it is one thing to threaten, and it is real to impose sanctions on the other. No, let them impose sanctions against India as well - another half yard of the population against the USA. More sanctions of all kinds and different! This reorganization policy is already beginning to amuse, to be honest.
  2. Lena Petrova 10 January 2020 15: 25 New
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    We do not make any restrictions and sanctions for India. . They want to take something from the lights of democracy - let them take it. This is free competition - so long presented to us as one of the main tenets of the free West.
    1. rich 10 January 2020 15: 31 New
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      According to the “cost-effectiveness” criterion, the Russian air defense system simply does not have competitors in the Indian market. Weapons comparable to the S-400 were simply not offered to India by nmk. This was largely facilitated by the United States itself, which wants to gain a foothold in the Indian arms market, squeezing out all competitors from there. So, due to pressure from Washington a few years ago, a deal was disrupted for the supply of Israeli anti-missile systems “Hets” to India (in the export version - Arrow)
      1. Abbot 10 January 2020 16: 47 New
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        Quote: Rich
        According to the “cost-effectiveness” criterion, the Russian air defense system simply does not have competitors in the Indian market.

        Is there any market? The S-400 has no competitors, in my opinion. Well, if only the S-500.
    2. Edik 10 January 2020 19: 16 New
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      Quote: Lena Petrova
      This is free competition - so long presented to us as one of the main tenets of the free West.

      “The first rule of business is protect your investment” banker etiquette 1775
  3. Vyacheslav Viktorovich 10 January 2020 15: 25 New
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    Hindus can change their minds, having considered the situation once again.
    They, unlike Erdogan, have no reason to accuse the State Department that he organized the Orange Revolution.
    1. Sergey M. Karasev 10 January 2020 16: 11 New
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      Hindus can change their minds, having considered the situation once again.

      Isn’t it too late? Then the advance payment made for the Indians will go to the tail of the dog.
      Moreover, the advance payment for the complexes has already been made, and an agreement on the delivery time has already been reached.

      I doubt that it’s a penny.
      1. Vyacheslav Viktorovich 10 January 2020 16: 29 New
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        These are all reasonable and correct arguments, but they were equally reasonable and correct for AllSeas.
        1. Sergey M. Karasev 10 January 2020 16: 37 New
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          The state and the private company are two big differences. For the Indians, reliable and affordable anti-aircraft missile defense, I think, is more important than American sanctions. If the Turks beat them, then God himself ordered the Indians, they will be economically stronger.
    2. Nyrobsky 10 January 2020 16: 56 New
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      Quote: Vyacheslav Viktorovich
      Hindus can change their minds, having considered the situation once again.
      They, unlike Erdogan, have no reason to accuse the State Department that he organized the Orange Revolution.

      Like Erdogan, of course he has no reason, but there are a bunch of fresh examples when the vaunted American air defense systems do poorly with the declared functions for which they acquired them. The Hindus realized that sleeping under the S-400 umbrella is more comfortable than not sleeping at all under the Patriot umbrella.
    3. Abbot 10 January 2020 17: 06 New
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      Quote: Vyacheslav Viktorovich
      Hindus can change their minds, having considered the situation once again.

      The Indians do not all thank God with Pakistan. Recently there was an armed conflict with the use of the Air Force. Yes, and with China there were border conflicts in the past. The modern air defense systems of the conflicting parties should, in theory, be balanced. But the Indians are still cunning, and rather they want preferences from the United States. Israel rolls up balls for joint development. And it seems that this option will be preferable for the Indians - not a purchase, but a joint development, such as RCC "BrahMos".
  4. Lord of the Sith 10 January 2020 15: 26 New
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    Do not know how to bargain - threaten.
    Yankee foreign policy, she is. Stuck in the wild west. Fucking cowboys.
  5. Nikolay87 10 January 2020 15: 29 New
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    India announced its intention to buy Russian S-400 Triumph systems back in 2015

    Well, that’s India’s response to CAATSA. Let them say that they agreed 2 years before the law comes into force. We will not be offended ....
  6. Victoria-V 10 January 2020 15: 30 New
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    Until recently, my beloved India is here for everyone ...
  7. Zaurbek 10 January 2020 15: 36 New
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    And these people accused the Russian Federation of manipulating EU countries with the help of GAZ prices.
  8. knn54 10 January 2020 15: 53 New
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    India did not plan to purchase the F-35. So the Yankees have no arguments. And to lose the buyer and even friendly relations with the opponent of China can not be compensated by any sanctions
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    bar 10 January 2020 16: 05 New
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    As an example, he cited Turkey’s purchase of S-400 systems, which can now pose a threat to US F-35 aircraft.

    The representative of the State Department burned laughing
    How can they threaten American aircraft? Well, unless in the event that American aircraft threaten their NATO ally. Apparently Erdogan is not in vain suspecting something. wassat
  10. K-50 10 January 2020 16: 12 New
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    The problem that we face in cases like India is the new purchase of potentially dangerous systems that either endanger our platforms or create a threat that our technologies will be in the hands of the adversary.

    Our campaign doesn’t touch at all that technologies can be “in the hands of the enemy” or is it known that they simply cannot be repeated? what lol
  11. prior 10 January 2020 16: 27 New
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    It is time for the world to unite against the aggressive US sanctions trade policy.
    And then the Americans deriby individual countries with sanctions, the rest are quiet, like this does not concern me.
    Now it’s obvious that sooner or later it will affect everyone.
  12. Sergei 23 10 January 2020 16: 50 New
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    Well done Hindus. They can afford to click on the hegemonic nose.
  13. Thrifty 10 January 2020 16: 59 New
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    At least someone is not afraid to show us their place in the hallway, on the rug! !! negative
  14. 75 Sergey 10 January 2020 17: 29 New
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    Yes, there will be nothing, they are bargaining, now the Patriots will save them cheaper or the S-400, and even if India buys, nothing will change, there are still a lot of things to buy in the USA, well, they didn’t buy them all ....
    1. Kuzmitsky 10 January 2020 17: 45 New
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      Because the United States does not strongly press the Indians, because they buy a lot of things. They begin to strain - so they completely lose the client.
  15. kind 10 January 2020 18: 23 New
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    What will happen to the USA when they impose sanctions on everyone ???
    1. bouncyhunter 10 January 2020 18: 53 New
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      Quote: Good
      What will happen to the USA when they impose sanctions on everyone ???

      They will begin to introduce against themselves. wink
  16. NordUral 10 January 2020 20: 04 New
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    Free market? And these forbid us to pick our nose?
  17. tarackanovaleksei 10 January 2020 23: 33 New
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    Americans ..... ,, sailed ,,.