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India defends reliance on Russian arms on Australia visit

Jaishankar says West neglected New Delhi for decades but Quad is 'strong'

India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar speaks to reporters in Australia after a meeting at Parliament House in Canberra on Oct. 10.   © AP

NEW DELHI -- India's foreign minister on Monday pushed back against criticism of his country's "longstanding" ties with Moscow, with pointed remarks defending New Delhi's purchasing of Russian arms.

The relationship with Russia has "certainly served our interests well," External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said during a joint news conference in Canberra with his Australian counterpart, Penny Wong.

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