Policy Dive: Sanctions Force India To Do US-Russia Balancing Act


The American sanctions against Russia to punish Moscow for its interference in the 2016 US presidential elections have remained a subject of intense debate in India over the past several months.

With the Indian armed forces being heavily dependent on Russian military equipment, spares and after-sales support, discussions in New Delhi have revolved around how the tough legislation passed by the US could hit India’s defence preparedness and what can be done to evade it. The US passed the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) earlier this year, imposing new penalties on Russia, Iran and North Korea.

Issues related to CAATSA are likely to be on the agenda of the upcoming 2+2 dialogue between the defence and foreign ministers of India and the US in early September. Read More

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