CAATSA Sanctions Will Not Put Pressure On India-Russia Defence Deals’, Says Russian Ambassador Nikolay Kudashev

Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev on Thursday said that CAATSA sanctions imposed by US will not be a pressure between India-Russia defence deals, reported ANI. The ambassador further added, “You will see deals on frigates and Kalashnikovs.”

Kudashev also said that during Russian president Vladimir Putin’s visit to India, both sides had discussed strategies to identify “common priority areas and how to protect our trade relationship from unpredictable factors like Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

President Donald Trump on Wednesday had said that India would “find out soon” if the punitive CAATSA sanctions apply to it over its $5 billion deal with Russia to purchase S-400 Triumf air defence system. The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act or CAATSA is a US federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia.

India’s deal with Russia for the S-400 missile system placed it in the bracket of a potential American sanction. On 6 October, the Donald Trump administration had said that the presidential waiver granted by the Congress in this regard is narrow and intended to wean countries off of Russian equipment. Read More

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