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S-400 Missile Defense: What the US Secretary of State said about sanctions or concessions to India

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has said that the US has imposed sanctions on India under the CATSA for procuring the S-400 missile defense system from Russia. Through CATSAA, America imposes sanctions on its opponents.

What is Katsa after all?
The US administration can impose sanctions on Iran, North Korea or any other country that conducts significant transactions with Russia under the Combating American Adversaries Through Section Act (CATSAA). CATSAA is a strict US law that, in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its interference in the 2016 US presidential election, authorizes Washington to impose sanctions on countries that buy major defense equipment from Moscow.

“We will continue to avoid asking all countries to engage in large and new transactions involving Russian weapons systems, especially in light of Russia’s actions in Ukraine,” Blink said. We have not yet finalized any potential restrictions or potential exemptions under CATSAA.

Discussion in ‘two plus two’ debate
Secretary of State Blink held a joint press conference with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his Indian counterparts, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday after “two-plus-two” ministerial talks. This statement was given in the meeting. He was replying to a question on India’s purchase of S-400 missile defense system from Russia.

Blink said India and Russia have a long standing relationship, especially with regard to military equipment. “These relations come at a time when we could not be partners with India,” he said. interested in. This is one of the areas that we have discussed in detail today.

Earlier, White House Press Secretary Jane Sackie also said in response to a question that “we have not made any decision on release under CATSAA in terms of military action.”

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