The United States continues to discuss with India sanctions risks for the acquisition of Russia’s S400 missile system under the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), but has not taken any decision “on this transaction,” the State Department said Thursday.
At a regular press conference, State Department spokesman Ned Price was asked if, given the renewed US tensions with Russia, India’s purchase of the missile system would affect relations. bilateral relations between India and the United States. In many ways, that doesn’t change the concerns we have with the S400 system.
I think this highlights the destabilizing role that Russia is playing not only in the region but potentially beyond. Regarding CAATSA sanctions, you have heard me say before that we have not made a decision on this transaction, but it is something that we continue to discuss with the Indian government given the risk of penalties for that particular transaction under CAATSA.
Price added that whether it was India or any other country, the United States continued to “urge all countries to avoid major new deals for Russian weapons systems.” When asked if the United States had a timeline for the CAATSA decision, Price said, “I don’t have a timeline to offer, but these are issues that we continue to discuss with our partners in India.
CAATSA came into effect in 2017, at a time when the political mood in Washington D.C. was hostile to Russia for its actions in Ukraine and Syria and for its alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election. to discourage countries from interacting with Russia, especially in the field of defense procurement, through punitive measures Measures Under the law, sanctions were imposed on Turkey, a NATO ally, for the acquisition of the S400 system from Russia.
India has a long-standing defense relationship with Russia – and continued its acquisition of the S400 missile system. India is certainly in a difficult situation.