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US Frowns on Indian-Russian Deals
Dec 19, 2014

Soon after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India, the United States criticised India for the agreements signed between New Delhi and Moscow. Responding to a question on the 20 agreements signed, including one on the Rupee-Rouble trade, US State department spokesperson said our view remains that it’s not time– for business as usual with Russia. But beyond that, we’d have to take a closer look at what these agreements entail.

The United States expressed its disapproval of India concluding defence and nuclear deals with Russia, saying it is not time for business as usual with Russia in the backdrop of its aggression in Ukraine. The US also said it is troubled by the presence of the leader of the breakaway Crimean region in Russian President's delegation to India and has sought clarifications from India about it. The Russian leader's engagement in New Delhi, particularly his being accompanied by Sergey Aksyonov, the Prime Minister of Crimea, the former Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia, evoked sharp reaction in the US.

The fact that Russia and India are trumpeting business ties, particularly in the area of nuclear power at a time the US-India civilian nuclear deal is yet to attain fruition. India does not support western sanctions against Russia for his actions in Ukraine, but at the same time it has not approved the Russian annexation of Crimea either. India and Russia oppose economic sanctions that do not have the approval of the United Nations Security Council.

In India, the external affairs ministry had earlier said it was not officially aware of the Crimean leader's visit and Aksyonov was not formally a member of Putin's delegation. Apparently, Aksyonov travelled on Putin's plane, but his meeting with an Indian business groups was deemed private, although he was accompanied by Russian officials.


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