Will CAATSA apply to Indian acquisition of S-400 missiles?

Will CAATSA apply to Indian acquisition of S-400 missiles?. Indian plans to acquire the Russian missile defence system S-400 are likely to mar US-Indo ties. The US Congress had passed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), learned citing dailytimes.

S-400 of Russia - CAATSA

Indian plans to acquire the Russian missile defence system S-400 are likely to mar US-Indo ties. The US Congress had passed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) in 2017 stipulating the imposition of sanctions on any country that purchases military equipment from Russia or conducts transactions with Iran or North Korea.

The US had already imposed sanctions on Turkey for its acquisition of the S-400 Missile System from Russia and as a punitive measure, discontinued Turkey’s participation in the development of the F-35 advanced fighter jet programme. It must be remembered that Turkey is a valued ally and an important regional security partner for the United States, yet it faced economic sanctions for accepting the Kremlin’s missile system.

Despite the US-Indo ties of warmth and bonhomie, the US has warned India that it will impose sanctions if it goes ahead with the purchase of S-400. In January 2021, the US has expressed its displeasure at the deal and had issued a warning and had expressed its concerns again during the US Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin’s, visit to New Delhi in March 2021.

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