US Senator Urges Lloyd Austin to Raise Russian S-400 Purchase Issue With India: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is visiting India next week. Earlier, a US senator has requested him to raise the issue of procurement of S-400 Missile System during this visit and to discuss the issue of human rights. Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a letter to Austin, “The right partnership between the US-India is important to meet the challenges of the 21st century and this includes democratic values from the Indian government and Requesting to uphold human rights is also included.
A copy of this letter has been released to the media on Wednesday. Austin is scheduled to meet Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval (NSA Ajit Doval) during his Lloyd Austin India Visit from 19 to 21 March. is. Austin is the first US Secretary of State to have included India for his first foreign trip. Menendez has said, ‘During your forthcoming visit, I request you to take a clear stance on all issues including security cooperation while meeting Indian counterparts. US-India relations should be based on democratic values.
‘Procurement comes under the purview of restrictions’
There are reports that India plans to buy the Russian S-400 missile system. To this, Menendez said that if India progresses on the path of buying this missile system, then it clearly comes under the purview of procurement restrictions in defense sector with Russia. He said, ‘I know that India is not part of the American Trade Treaty (Defense Deal) and it has historical relations with Soviet and Russian forces. However, if India buys the S-400 missile system, then it comes under the purview of Article 231 of CAATSA, along with Russia (Russia), in the procurement restrictions in the defense sector.
Also asked to raise this issue
The US lawmaker said, ‘Action against farmers, journalists and government critics who are peacefully opposing the new farm laws reflects the deteriorating state of democracy in India. He said, ‘In recent years, anti-Muslim sentiments and government actions like the Citizenship Amendment Act, political dialogue and removal of Article 370 in Kashmir have led to the arrest of political opponents and sedition laws against political opponents. India’s position has been damaged in terms of human rights with the use of ‘.