'US will understand India's move to buy Russia's S-400'

 US Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo (R) meets with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar at the US Department of State. (Photo/AFP)

India has apprised the Trump Administration of its decision to purchase S-400 missile system from Russia, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said here on Tuesday, exuding confidence that the Americans would appreciate its rational.

“India has made a decision on the S-400 and we have discussed that with the US government. I am reasonably convinced of the powers of my persuasion (sic),” Jaishankar said, responding to a question from a Russian journalist on the possibilities of US sanctions on India under CAATSA as it goes ahead with its decision to purchase S-400 Triumph missile defence system from the Russia.

“It would be my hope that people understand why this particular transaction is important for us, so I think of your question to me is hypothetical,” Jaishankar said, during his appearance at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington DC-based top American think tank.

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