July 23, 2020

Moscow Isn’t New Delhi’s Pal

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Journalist: Sadanand Dhume

With border tensions between India and China at their worst in decades, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh headed late last month to a familiar destination: Moscow. There Mr. Singh finalized a $2.4 billion deal for 33 fighter aircraft, and pressed the Russians to speed up delivery of the S-400 missile air defense system, which India bought two years ago despite the threat of U.S. sanctions.

The defense minister also watched a contingent of Indian troops—among a handful representing countries not formerly part of the Soviet Union—march in Red Square to commemorate the Russian victory in World War II. “It is a great honor,” said Mr. Singh in a press statement. “This is a sign of everlasting friendship between the armed forces of both our countries.”

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    Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Security Program

    Andrea Kendall-Taylor is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at CNAS. She works on national security challenges facing the United States and Eur...