1. US warns India over ‘business as usual’ with Russia as Vladimir Putin meets Narendra Modi

US warns India over ‘business as usual’ with Russia as Vladimir Putin meets Narendra Modi

The US reemphasised that it was not the right time for 'business as usual' with Russia...

By: | Washington | Updated: December 12, 2014 7:58 PM
Russia has been heavily sanctioned by the US and EU for their support of pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine. Reuters

Russia has been heavily sanctioned by the US and EU for their support of pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine. Reuters

The US today reemphasised that it was not the right time for “business as usual” with Russia, a day after India and Russia signed 20 bilateral agreements in key areas like oil, gas and defence during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to New Delhi.

“We’ve seen press reporting on India concluding business, nuclear and defence deals with Russia, but not confirmation of those agreements or specifics of what those agreements would entail. Our view remains that it’s not time for business as usual with Russia,” US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said.

She also said it is not the time for the US to do business with Russia given its action in Ukraine.

Russia has been heavily sanctioned by the US and EU for their support of pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine as well as for Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea earlier this year.

Ahead of Putin’s visit to New Delhi, the US state department last week had voiced concerns over possible bilateral agreements between India and Russia.

“As we’ve said before, now is not the time for business as usual with Russia,” the US state department spokesperson had said.
“We’ve conveyed this, certainly, to our allies and to our partners across the world,” she had said.

In a boost to their “special strategic partnership”, Russia yesterday agreed to build at least 12 nuclear reactors in India besides manufacturing advanced dual-use helicopters as the two countries signed 20 agreements in oil, gas, defence, investment and other key sectors.

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    Shiva
    Dec 13, 2014 at 12:55 am
    India will decide when is the time right for doing business and to with whom it will do business. US can go mess around in Mexico. Don't call us, we will call you.
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      Aarin Tobias
      Dec 13, 2014 at 9:36 am
      washington leaders are incredibly stupid they put russia in china arms, so creating the most formidable west direct compeor (economical, militar and nuclear) instead, US should let russia find his place in the world, creating the buffer between west and china
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        S.Gonesh
        Dec 12, 2014 at 7:34 pm
        USA/EU, keep out from interfering in Indian relationship with Russia. Russia is a civilized country with high moral values. Hindustan as a free nation has the full right to keep good friendschip with the Russian people. They have never looted other countries. This relationship exists longer than the existance of many countries.
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          Rajesh
          Dec 13, 2014 at 1:24 pm
          We are home. The call centres are in India.
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            Jake Mt
            Dec 12, 2014 at 10:27 pm
            India, just as duplicitous as China...birds of a feather, scam together...
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              Jake Mt
              Dec 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm
              India, just as duplicitous as China...birds of a feather, scam together...
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                Jake Mt
                Dec 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm
                India, just as duplicitous as China...birds of a feather, scam together...
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                  Mark Donners
                  Dec 13, 2014 at 8:48 am
                  There's nothing wrong with Putin. He has refused to involve Russia in any of the Western m murdering wars and invasions. But he's also a dedicated environmentalist, a concept which is alien to most of "modern" Asia. India will have to stop polluting and burning dirty coal (which threatens the future of everyone) if it wants to do business with the civilized world.
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                    Mike Jeff
                    Dec 13, 2014 at 8:09 am
                    time for the call centers to go home
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                      Mathew
                      Dec 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm
                      Yes, Russia is more Christian than US.
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                        Allan Moore
                        Dec 13, 2014 at 12:25 pm
                        Vladimir Putin is actually a cool guy!
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                          django
                          Dec 12, 2014 at 9:38 pm
                          does US has guts to warn china or will to warn pak for engaging with russia?
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                            Sigh Westberry
                            Dec 13, 2014 at 1:39 am
                            Imagine a world in which all business had to first be approved by the US ministry of propaa. I guess the US state department will next warn North Korea about doing business with Russia! Dear uncle sam, if you do not like the smell of the y curry...move to another table!
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                              vinay
                              Dec 15, 2014 at 1:37 am
                              We get more business from US than Russia ,
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