US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman has said that the US would like India to reduce its ties and partnership with Russia under the G-77, an organization of non-aligned countries and abandon the principle of non-alignment. Sherman said this before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives and also emphasized that the partnership between India and the US is extremely important.
The Biden administration has told lawmakers that It is time to further strengthen the defense partnership between India and the US, as both countries have taken several important steps to make the Indo-Pacific region prosperous and secure.
‘ ;Our strong defense relationship with India’
Sherman said, "India is the largest democracy in the world. We have strong defense ties with him. They are also part of the Quad along with Australia and Japan. Together we have taken many such steps, which are important for the prosperity and security of the Indo-Pacific region."
Responding to a question from US Congressman Tim Burchett, Sherman said, "We clearly would like India to end its non-aligned G-77 partnership with Russia." He said that the US has told Indian officials that due to sanctions it will be very difficult for India to acquire or replace parts of defense and technical equipment from Russia.
‘Defence ties between the two countries will be further strengthened’
US Deputy Secretary of State said, "India has strengthened its defense ties with us and stepped up efforts to procure and co-produce defense equipment. And I think the defense ties between the two countries will get stronger in the years to come. Significantly, US officials have expressed concern over India’s purchase of S-400 missile system from Russia.
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