'India still remains an important partner', says America after Putin's trip to the country

The United States did not approve of Russian president's trip to India but it will have no effect on its terms with the country which remains an 'important partner'.

"No. India remains an important partner", State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday when asked whether Vladimir Putin's visit will change Obama's plans of being India's guest on January 26.

Obama has been invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the chief guest at India's Republic Day parade on January 26. He will be the first US president to get that honor and the first one to visit India twice while in office.

"Obviously, our economic relationship is a big part of what we continue to work on", Psaki said while repeating its caution to 'allies and partners' that it was not time for doing business with Russian following its intervention in Ukraine.

The Russian president attended the Annual India-Russia Summit on December 11.

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