South Asia and Beyond

Russia’s Ukraine Invasion, Quad Virtual Summit & Countering China: Understanding India’s Interests

NEW DELHI: On ‘Talking Point‘, Ambassador Pankaj Saran, India’s Deputy National Security Advisor from May 2018 to December 31, 2021 and Envoy to Russia(2016-18) in discussion with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi.

Ambassador Saran discusses the situation in Ukraine a week after Russia’s invasion, the U.S. led ‘swift and severe sanctions’, the impact on India’s foreign policy of strategic autonomy, military and arms dependency on Russia, India at the UN, whether the focus on President Putin’s actions are distracting from countering an aggressive China, the Russia-China partnership and its ramifications, the latest Quad virtual summit, its objectives and goals, CAATSA sanctions and potential waivers for the S-400 air defence system, Russia’s military cooperation with India and what Delhi’s options are for cutting edge technology transfer including for second-strike submarine based nuclear capability and whether they can be an AUKUS-like deal for French Barracudas or similar U.S. technology.

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