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The US has been seeking a deeper defense relationships with India for years.
But India has longstanding military ties with Russia, and Delhi’s Russian-made weapons are an issue.
The latest hang-up: US officials are disappointed with India’s recent purchase of Russia’s S-400 air-defense system and that it may hinder future cooperation.

Lawyers and policy and technical experts from the US Defense Department are in New Delhi this week, meeting with Indian officials to discuss a military-communications agreement that would boost the interoperability of the two countries’ armed forces.

The discussions — part of preparations for the 2+2 dialogue between the two countries’ foreign and defense secretaries, to take place in Washington in July — are a step forward, according to The Indian Express, as Delhi has been reluctant to sign the agreement, known as Comcasa, since it signed a military logistics agreement with the US in 2016, when the US named India a “major defense partner.”See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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