Amid India Russia close to sealing the deal on multi-billion-dollar S-400 Triumf missile system, the US has warned of sanctions.
It need be mentioned that US President Donald Trump signed an executive order paving the way for slapping crippling sanctions on countries and foreign entities and individuals violating the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
The US went ahead and imposed sanctions on China for its recent purchase of Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missile.
This is amid the Indians planning to buy five S-400 Triumf missile air defence systems from Russia for around $4.5 billion.
The US official, who did not wish to be identified emphasised that the ultimate target of these sanctions was Russia.
He declined to answer a question whether the US would be taking similar action against countries like Turkey, which are buying S-400 missile defence system.
He said the Trump administration has made it “very clear” to these countries that these systems like the S-400
are a system of key concern with potential CAATSA implications.
He had also said that the US was working to impose CAATSA Section 231 in a way that is appropriate and lawful and to exercise that waiver authority only where it makes sense.>