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India developed ties with Russia as US couldn't do it earlier: Antony Blinken

“In the case of India, there is a relationship that goes back decades. And Russia, for India, was out of necessity a partner of choice when we were not in a position to be a partner,” he told lawmakers on Wednesday.

April 28, 2022 / 05:57 AM IST
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Asserting that now there is a growing strategic convergence between the United States and India, Secretary of State Tony Blinken said New Delhi built its partnership with Moscow out of necessity as the US was not in a position to do that earlier.
“In the case of India, there is a relationship that goes back decades. And Russia, for India, was out of necessity a partner of choice when we were not in a position to be a partner,” he told lawmakers on Wednesday.

“Now, we are investing in that effort. I think there is a growing strategic convergence between the United States and India,” Blinken said.

“And of course, China is a big part of that,” Blinken said in response to a question from Senator William Hagerty during a Congressional hearing by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations.

Hagerty had sought Blinken’s views on the India-US relationship.