Washington DC, June 22: The United States has on Friday urged India against cracking a deal with Russia for purchasing Russian made S-400 air defence missile system which risk trigger CAATSA sanctions.
A senior US state department official was quoted by Sputnik news agency during a media conference as saying, “With respect to the S-400, we’re urging all of our allies and partners, India included, to forgo transactions with Russia that risk triggering the CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) sanctions … This is a time we will be encouraging India to look at alternatives.”
Last year on October 5, India had inked a deal worth $5.43 billion with Russia for buying five S-400 air defence missile system during the 19th Russia-India annual bilateral summit in India’s capital New Delhi.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made the decision despite Wahington threats of sanction against nations for their defence tie-up or purchase deal with Russia.
Earlier, Washington has imposed sanction on Chinese equipment development department (EDD) for buying Russia-made Sukhoi Su-35 fighter planes and S-400 missiles, that New Delhi is buying, risking to triggering a diplomatic confrontation between the US and China.
Earlier this month, the US had cautioned India “indirectly” over its S-400s purchases, as per Sputnik news reports.