New Delhi: Close on the heels of his visit to India, US secretary of defence Lloyd J. Austin was urged by the chairman of the powerful Senate foreign relations committee to raise concerns about the “deteriorating situation of democracy” with his Indian interlocutors.
Austin was also asked to convey that India risked sanctions if it persisted with the purchase of S-400 missile defence system from Russia.
The US defence secretary will be arriving in India on Friday for a three-day visit. He will hold formal discussions with his Indian counterpart defence minister Rajnath Singh, external affairs minister S. Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. This will be the first visit by a member of the new Joe Biden administration to India after its inauguration in January.Read more..