On Wednesday, the US State Department ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspended their military assistance programs in the country in the latest sign of tensions.
How has India been preparing for the tightening of US sanctions? What key metrics could be impacted? What are the main concerns, and what role are the ongoing elections likely to play in India’s response?
India was one of eight countries allowed temporary import of Iranian oil. India was being pushed by the US to restrict its monthly purchase to 1.25 million tonnes, down from 22.6 million tonnes bought in 2017-18
The Trump administration has been trying to force major political change on Iran, withdrawing from a 2015 nuclear deal and imposing sanctions as punishment for actions in the Middle East that Washington considers unacceptable. It also is pressuring Venezuela with sanctions as U.S. officials seek the ouster of President Nicolás Maduro from power.