US's Reaction After India Signs S-400 Missile Deal With Russia

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US's Reaction After India Signs S-400 Missile Deal With Russia (file image)

New Delhi: On Friday, the United States of America said that its intent to slap sanctions against Russia was not aimed at imposing damage to the military capabilities of its "allies or partners," right after a deal between India and Russia for purchase of S-400 missile defence system, was concluded.

The US stated that the intent to slap sanctions on Russia was to impose costs for its "malign behaviour", and ot also made clear any waiver will be considered on a transaction-by-transaction basis. The US also added that it cannot prejudge any sanctions decisions.

The US embassy's spokesperson responding to a query on impact of anti-Russia sanctions on India after the conclusion of the S-400 contract and said that "Waivers of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) section 231 will be considered on a transaction-by-transaction basis. We cannot prejudge any sanctions decisions."

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"The intent of our implementation of CAATSA is to impose costs on Russia for its malign behavior, including by stopping the flow of money to Russia's defense sector. CAATSA is not intended to impose damage to the military capabilities of our allies or partners," the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson said that "the waiver authority is not for a blanket waiver.  It is transaction-specific. There are strict criteria for considering a waiver."

The Unites States' reaction came after India and Russia concluded the $5 billion S-400 air defence system deal, notwithstanding the US warning that the deal would be a "focus area" for it to implement the sanctions against a nation undertaking "significant" business deals with the Russians.

The visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin for the annual summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, also concluded the deal.

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