Trump On Sanctions, "India Will Find Out" For S-400 Deal With Russia

Trump On Sanctions, "India Will Find Out" For S-400 Deal With Russia

Trump On Sanctions, "India Will Find Out" For S-400 Deal With Russia (file image)

New Delhi: On Wednesday, the President of the United States, Donald Trump said that India "will soon find out" about his decision on the punitive CAATSA sanctions after a $5 billion deal was signed by India to purchase the S-400 air defence system from Russia.

Under the CAATSA sanctions, amended early this year, only Donald Trump has the authority for the presidential waiver to India on weapons deal with sanctions-hit Russia.

Last week, India signed a $5 billion deal to purchase S-400 Triumf air defence system from Moscow. The deal was signed in the national capital during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin for the annual summit with PM Modi.

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Donald Trump, when asked about the agreement between India and Russia,  while interacting with reporters in the Oval Office of the White House, said, "India will find out. Aren't they?"

"India is going to find out," he reiterated in response to India specific question.

Asked when, he said, "You will see. Sooner than you think."

Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state was also in the room when Donald Trump answered the question on CAATSA sanctions. The secretary of state was scheduled to meet the president later.

Earlier, Mr Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis had argued the case for a waiver to India.

The White House, had last week said that the US presidential waiver on weapons deal with sanctions-hit Russia is intended to "wean" countries like India off the Russian equipment.

"The (CAATSA presidential) waiver is narrow, intended to wean countries off Russian equipment and allow for things such as spare parts for previously-purchased equipment," a White House National Security Council Spokesperson had said after the conclusion of the S-400 contract.

The spokesperson of the US embassy in New Delhi had said that the CAATSA was aimed at Moscow and not intended to damage the military capabilities of its "allies and partners."

                                                                        

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