Can India leverage France bailing on Russia? Commentators at the venerable DFI have been watching the Dassalt Rafale deal with interest. Some would like to have the envisaged deal sooner than later, while some would rather have it minus the ToT, while some prefer to scrap it already and focus on the HAL LCA Tejas. Some have even tried to explained that Rafale is a big mistake. There have been claims that this deal was finalized by Sonia Gandhi's sisters and Carla Bruni. Now, with the Ukrainian Civil War raging between the proxies of western powers and the Russian Federation, France, apparently has come under immense pressure from the US, and even more pressure from Germany, to scrap the supply of the Mistral. France risks a contract to supply 126 fighter jets to India because of the refusal to give the Russian Federation "Mistral" Mistral row: France risks losing Rafale contract in India What can India do here? On the planes: Can India put even more pressure on France to sweeten the deal further, showing them that they are not a reliable supplier? Can India take the deal to Russia, and buy fighter jets from them at a significantly cheaper rate than what Russia would charge PRC, citing "old friendship," and showing them that India is willing to take business out from France and bring it to Russia? On turbines: Building fighter planes is something India is going to be able to do. India has been grappling with its jet engines. Can India pressurize France to pull its socks up over the Kaveri and "prove its mettle" (for want of a better phrase) within a certain time frame, in order to encourage progress on the Rafale deal? Can India pressurize Russia, citing monetary benefits in the face of western sanctions, to set up a turbine factory in India, that would be able to build the entire jet engine with resources available in India? How can India benefit from these feuding Europeans?