India should reconsider buying S-400 missile defense systems from Russia, says a senior American congressman, warning that the move would hurt military ties with the US.
Representative Mac Thornberry, the chairman of the US House Armed Services, made the remarks on Monday, shortly after Russia and India concluded a $5.9 billion S-400 deal.
“There is a lot of concern in the US in both the administration and the Congress regarding the S-400 (missile) system,” Representative Mac Thornberry, the chairman of the US House Armed Services, told reporters during a trip to New Delhi on Monday.
“And there is concern that any country, and it is not just India that is looking at clearing it, but any country that acquires that system will complicate our ability to work out inter-operability,” he added.
Thornberry, who stopped in India on his way to the 17th Asia Security Summit in Singapore, implied that New Delhi was abusing Washington’s…