Daily Memo: Complications in U.S. Sanctions, Caucasus Machinations

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GPF Staff |July 20, 2018

U.S. sanctions on Russia are hurting budding U.S. allies. The Philippines, for example, is trying to figure out how to circumvent them while still following through with the planned purchase of Russian-made rocket-propelled grenade launchers. India, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia are in a similar situation. The United States wants to develop better defense ties with all these nations, which traditionally purchase cheap weapons from Russia, but defense ties start to lose their value when partners can’t buy weapons. Washington is in a difficult position of needing to work around its own sanctions with third parties that are important to U.S. interests.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces his first no-confidence vote, months after another attempt to bring the vote to the floor failed. Officials from Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party said they expect the vote to go their way. Modi was riding high for years after his initial election, promising to reshape the economy and create a

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