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“Adding India as the sixth country to NATO plus would move New Delhi towards a Defense Security alignment with the United States,” said American Congressman Ro Khanna.

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"Adding India as the sixth country to NATO plus would move New Delhi towards a Defense Security alignment with the United States," said American Congressman Ro Khanna.
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 27: Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) speaks at a Student Loan Forgiveness rally on Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th street near the White House on April 27, 2022 in Washington, DC. Student loan activists including college students held the rally to celebrate U.S. President Joe Biden’s extension of the pause on student loans and also urge him to sign an executive order that would fully cancel all student debt. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

In the latest interview with ANI, American Congressman Ro Khanna said that NATO Allies get quick approval on defence agreements and further said that the US has the same agreement with Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Israel and South Korea.

“I have worked on trying to add India as the sixth country to that and that would facilitate and make it easier to have this growing Defense Partnership and make sure that we’re moving India towards more of a Defense Security alignment with the United States and Russia. I introduced that two years ago. I’m going to continue to work on it. Hopefully, we can get that amendment passed in subsequent congresses,” he added. 

“The reason it’s in the interests of the United States is we need a strong partnership with India. Defence partnership, a strategic partnership, especially because we are two democratic nations and with the rise of China and with the rise of Putin this alliance is critical for the United States,” said the Indian American Congressman. 

He also said, “Remember, it goes beyond waving sanctions. It talks about the importance of strengthening the defence partnership that we have with India. The challenge is that right now; Russian weapons are cheaper. But Russian weapons are also inferior as we’re seeing in the war in Ukraine, the SU 57 in my view, just simply can’t compete with the F 22 or the F 35, or the US military equipment. 

It is in America’s interest to get the talent from the brilliant engineers and scientists in India so that we can make sure that we continue to lead the highest technology and ultimately, it’s India’s interest in an American technology which is superior to Russian technology.”

He said that the US is figuring out ways to have an appropriate price point that incentivizes India to transition that will protect the American sensitive technology and it will be negotiated through bilateral communication.

Talking about the Chinese threat to India that was underscored in the amendment, Khanna said to ANI, “You look at India as the threats that they face at the border. And you know the biggest guarantor of the security has been the United States. A few years ago, the United States assisted India with those border skirmishes. So the US-India alliance in my view is not just in the United States interest but also the security interests of India and that the United States will be a much more reliable and stronger partner.” 

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