President Vladimir Putin is in India on a two-day state visit to India, his third trip to India during Prime Minister Modi’s term. A key agreement that has just been signed is the $5 billion deal for the S-400 air defence system. However, U.S. sanctions on Russia’s top defence manufacturers will be a hurdle in closing this agreement, making payments to Russia difficult and scaring away potential Indian partners, especially those with investments in the West. Gateway House looks at India’s options for successfully concluding this agreement without falling foul of American sanctions.
Earlier in April, representatives of the U.S., EU, China and Russia held discussions in Kazakhstan to break the deadlock over Iran’s nuclear program, but with little result. What are the complexities of the Iranian nuclear dispute, and what are the chances of progress in the negotiations?
The U.S. has continually been trying to coerce Iran into giving up its nuclear program for years now, but with little success. What should Washington do to avoid both military action, and deterrence?
Fair Observer° republished Jesudas Bell's article on the recent democratization of Myanmar. He writes that this presents India an opportunity to increase its access to South East Asian countries, especially with members of ASEAN which still have catching up to do-particularly Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.