What US Said On Waiver For India As Russia Starts S-400 Delivery: Report

Washington had indicated that the Russian S-400 techniques could set off CAATSA sanctions. (File)

Washington:

The United States has not made a dedication on a possible waiver of sanctions towards India for its buy of the S-400 missile defence system from Russia, a state division spokesperson stated, noting that the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) doesn’t have a blanket or country-specific waiver provision.

The Joe Biden administration additionally urges “all of our allies, partners” to forgo transactions with Russia that danger triggering sanctions underneath the CAATSA, the spokesperson stated in response to stories that Russia has began delivering the S-400 to India.

India had signed a USD 5.43-billion take care of Russia for the acquisition of 5 S-400 floor to air missile techniques throughout the nineteenth India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit in New Delhi in October 2019, for long-term safety wants.

Washington had indicated that the Russian S-400 techniques could set off CAATSA sanctions. The CAATSA is a United States federal legislation that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia.

CAATSA authorises the US administration to impose sanctions on nations that buy main defence {hardware} from Russia in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its alleged meddling within the 2016 US presidential elections.

Amid calls from US senators to waive sanctions towards India, the spokesperson clarified that the CAATSA doesn’t have a blanket or country-specific waiver provision.

“We urge all of our allies and partners to forgo transactions with Russia that risk triggering sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). We have not made a determination on a potential waiver with respect to Indian arms transactions with Russia. CAATSA does not have a blanket or country-specific waiver provision,” the spokesperson stated.

“The U.S.-India defence partnership has expanded significantly in recent years, commensurate with India’s status as a major defence partner. We expect this strong momentum in our defence partnership to continue. We value our strategic partnership with India,” the spokesperson added.

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