France, July 23 -- US lawmakers have voted against sanctioning India for importing Russian S-400 missiles. Washington'sshow of support will allowthe South Asian nation to pursue its quest for Western weapons to deterneighbour China.

The 14 July waiver will enable India to conclude the import of five air defence systems by early next year, without facing US retaliation.

"I have been working to strengthen the partnership between our countries and ensure that India can defend itself along the Indian-Chinese border,"said Congressman Ro Khanna, seeking an amendment for the India-specific waiver.

"The US must stand with India in the face of escalating aggression from China,"the politician said, reminding the house of the strategic partnershi...