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As India strengthens its relationship with the west, Russia still remains a very crucial partner for India. Examine the statement in the light of possibility of imposition of Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) on India by the U.S.

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

4. As India strengthens its relationship with the west, Russia still remains a very crucial partner for India. Examine the statement in the light of possibility of imposition of Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) on India by the U.S. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

While the possibility of United States’ sanctions looms large once India receives the first set of S-400 long-range air defence system in a couple of months, India and Russia, which have several other deals lined up.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the changing contours of India and Russia relations and the possible impact of CAATSA on their defence ties.

Directive word:

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context regarding CAATSA.

Body:

In the first part mention the growing affinity of India and U.S on various aspects especially with an emphasis on QUAD. Also, mention the growing relations between Russia and Pakistan.

Next, mention how Russia remains a vital partner for India with respect to Defence, Recent developments in Afghanistan, Renewable energy, trade, Space, vaccine and other technology etc. Elaborate upon defence ties and the possible implications with respect to CAATSA.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward suggesting India has to do what is necessary for India to preserve and protect its national security interests.