Immediately after, when India signed a USD 5 billion deal to purchase the S-400 air defence system from Russia, Donald Trump, the US president said that India “will soon find out” about his decision on the disciplinary CAATSA sanctions.
Earlier this year, CAATSA sanctions or Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act was amended. Under CAATSA only Trump has the presidential authority to remission to India on weapons deal with sanctions-hit Russia.
Last week only, India penned a USD 5 billion deal to purchase S-400 Triumf air defence system from Moscow. It was during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin for the annual summit with PM Narendra Modi.
It was during an interaction with reporters, Donald Trump said, “India will find out. Aren’t they?”
“India is going to find out. You will see. Sooner than you think.”
Earlier, Pompeo and James Mattis, the Defence Secretary had argued the case for a waiver to India. A White House National Security Council Spokesperson had said, “The (CAATSA presidential) waiver is narrow, intended to wean countries off Russian equipment and allow for things such as spare parts for previously-purchased equipment.”
In New Delhi, the US embassy spokesperson had said that the CAATSA aimed at Moscow and not intended to damage the military capacity of its “allies and partners.”
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