India’s Chief of Amy Staff General Bipin Rawat says his country will continue to pursue an independent policy despite US threats to impose sanctions on India over the S-400 purchase from Russia.
“When Russians asked about the American sanctions, my reply was, ‘Yes, we do appreciate that there could be sanctions on us, but we follow an independent policy. You can be rest assured. While we may be associating with America in getting some technology, we follow an independent policy’,” the general said.
He noted that Moscow is “very keen” on collaborating with India because the Indian Army is “a strong army, capable of standing up for what is right for us, based on our strategic thought-process.”
The general added that India is also considering to buy Kamov helicopters and other weapon systems from Russia.
On October 5, India and Russia reached a $5.4 billion contract on the delivery of five squadrons of the S-400 air defense system. According to reprots, the delivery will begin in October 2020.