The US has not yet decided whether or not to grant India a Countering America‘s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act waiver for its purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile defense system, according to the Biden Administration.
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The US has not yet decided whether or not to grant India a Countering America‘s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) waiver for its purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile defense system, according to the Biden Administration.
The State Department‘s remarks come a week after India began receiving supplies of Russia’s S-400 missile defense system, and as senior Republican and Democratic senators urge for CAATSA penalties against India to be lifted.
A State Department official maintained the Biden Administration’s uncertainty over the matter by telling reporters that CAATSA does not have a blanket or country-specific waiver clause linked to it, while asserting that it appreciates its “strategic cooperation” with India.
“Any remarks on potential. S-400 system deliveries would have to be directed to the Indian government.” But, when it comes to the system, we’ve been clear that we’ve asked all of our allies, all of our partners to avoid transactions with Russia that might result in sanctions under. CAATSA, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, not just in the Indian context but more widely. “We haven’t made a decision on a prospective waiver with respect to Indian arms sales to. Russia,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price.
“CAATSA, on the other hand, does not provide a broad or country-specific waiver provision.” We also know that in recent years, our defense partnership with. India has grown and strengthened tremendously. He described it as “deep and consistent with the broad and deep connection we have with India, as well as its role as a significant defense partner.”
“We expect our defense relationship to maintain its tremendous momentum.” Our strategic engagement with India is extremely important to us. We just had the opportunity to visit to India, as you are aware. In answer to a question, Price stated, “We have expressed this concern directly, including with the highest levels of the Indian government.”
According to him, some members of the US Congress have expressed strong interest in the topic.
“We have no authority to comment on any systems that the Indian government may or may not have received.” It is up to us to speak about the laws that are currently in effect and the requirements that those laws impose. Members of Congress are obviously very interested in this as well. As a result, we’ve been having discussions with our Indian partners,” Price added.
“It’s a conversation that takes place in the framework of an essential defense partnership for both the. United States and India, including in the context of a free and open Indo-Pacific.” As a result, I expect such discussions to continue,” he stated.
The 2+2 talks, according to Price, will take place soon in Washington, DC.
“Once again, we’ve committed to the 2+2 because we have a strong connection with. India, including its standing as a major defense partner. “However, I can tell you that there will be a possibility for a 2+2 in the not-too-distant future,” he continued.
Last month, US Senators Mark Warner and John Cornyn, co-chairs of the India Caucus, wrote to President. Joe Biden, urging him to lift CAATSA sanctions against India for purchasing military arms from Russia.
“While India has taken major steps to decrease its imports of. Russian military hardware, it has a long history of buying armaments from the. Soviet Union and then Russia. “After signing an initial agreement with Russia two years before, India formally committed to purchase. Russian S-400 Triumf air-defense systems in 2018,” they stated.
“We are worried that the imminent transfer of these systems will trigger sanctions under the Countering. America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA),” they wrote.
“As a result, we strongly urge you to give India’s planned acquisition of the. S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile system a CAATSA waiver.” “This waiver authority, as put into the legislation by. Congress, offers the President more latitude in implementing penalties in circumstances where issuing a waiver will enhance the. United States’ national security interests,” the two Senators wrote.
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