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India-Russia defence deals make US all grumpy

India-Russia defence deals make US all grumpy
The United States on Thursday expressed its disapproval of India concluding defense and nuclear deals with Russia, saying it is not time for “business as usual” with Moscow in the backdrop of its aggression in Ukraine. Washington also said it is troubled by the presence of the leader of the breakaway Crimean region in President Putin’s delegation to India and has sought clarifications from New Delhi 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 Washington, where preparations are already underway for President Obama’s visit to India on January 25/26.

 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, appeared galling to Washington, which has tried to isolate Putin for his invasion of Ukraine.
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