Washington, Sep 28 (PTI) Asserting that it exercises a choice it believes is in its national interest, India on Tuesday said it has no difficulty with Russia in supplying military equipment and spare parts after the war in Ukraine.
“Regarding military equipment (from Russia), as far as I know, I don’t think we have faced any particular problem in recent months in servicing and supplying spare parts for the equipment that we have received from Russia in the past.” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. told reporters at a joint press conference.
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“Where we get our military equipment and platforms from is not an issue, really, it’s a new issue or an issue that has changed specifically because of geopolitical tensions,” he said.
He mentioned that India is looking at the possibilities around the world. “We look at the quality of the technology, the quality of the capability, the terms and conditions offered by that particular equipment, and we make a choice that we believe is in our national interest,” Jaishankar said.
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In the last 15 years, for example, India has actually procured a lot from the US, he said. “If you can consider, for example, aircraft – C-17, C-130, P-8, or Apache helicopters or Chinooks or howitzers, M777 howitzers – we did that from France when we recently bought their Rafale aircraft. We from Israel I did,” the minister noted.
“So, we have a tradition of multi-sourcing and for us, it’s really all about how to get the best deal out of a competitive situation,” Jaishankar said to a question.
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