With India close to sealing a deal on S-400 Triumf missile defence system with Russia, the American lawmakers have warned that imposition of sanctions on India could be disastrous for India US ties.
It need be mentioned that US is mandated to impose sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which was signed into law in August 2017, on whoever is engaged with Russia on defence and intelligence sectors.
At an event on the Capitol Hill, experts and lawmakers warned that any imposition of sanctions on India, which is now a major defence partner, could be disastrous.
They insisted instead on ensuring a dialogue between the US and India.
Congressman Joe Crowley, House Democratic Caucus Chairman, said that India’s needs for its self-defence need to be understood.
India is currently in an advance stage of negotiations with Russia for five S-400 system worth an estimate USD 4.5 billion.
The S-400 Triumf long-range air defence missile system has the capability to destroy incoming hostile aircraft, missiles and even drones at ranges of up to 400 km.