US Warns Of Sanctions, Ahead Of $5 Billion India-Russia Missile Deal

US Warns Of Sanctions, Ahead Of $5 Billion India-Russia Missile Deal

US Warns Of Sanctions, Ahead Of $5 Billion India-Russia Missile Deal (file image)

New Delhi: On Wednesday, the United States had urged its allies not to enter into transactions with Russia and warned that it would trigger American sanctions, a day after it was reported that India was planning to purchase multi-billion S-400 missile defense system from Moscow.

The Trump administration imposed sanctions under CAATSA, which was signed into law last August, on China for purchasing fighter jets and missile defense system from Russia.

The Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act law tries to push back against Russia's malign activity around the world.

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"We urge all of our allies and partners to forgo transactions with Russia that would trigger sanctions under CAATSA," a State Department Spokesperson told PTI when asked about India's plan to purchase multi-billion S-400 missile defense system from Russia.

"The Administration has indicated that a focus area for the implementation of CAATSA Section 231 is new or qualitative upgrades in capability - including the S-400 air and missile defense system," the spokesperson said.

As per the reports, India and Russia will sign a deal for the multi-billion-dollar S-400 surface-to-air missile system this week.

India will be signing of deal with Moscow's most advanced air defence system and will be overseen by Russian president Vladimir Putin. An official of the Kremlin said that the Russian President will be visiting New Delhi on October 4-5 for the annual India-Russia summit.

"The President is trying to develop a relationship and change that, but we've not been successful, at least to date," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told NBC news in an interview.

A senior administration official, in September told reporters that purchase of major military system like multi-billion S-400 missile defense system would be considered as a "significant transaction and thus has a potential" for CAATSA sanctions.

Russia was an the ultimate target of these sanctions, the official emphasized.

In this context, the CAATSA sanction are not intended to undermine the defence capabilities of any particular country.

"They are instead aimed at imposing costs upon Russia in response to its malign activities," the official had said.

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