Washington: Two powerful US senators have urged President Joe Biden not to invoke provisions of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) against India for purchasing the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system. In a letter to President Biden on Tuesday, Senator Mark Warner of the Democratic Party and John Cornyn of the Republican Party urged India to grant exemptions in the national interest under CAATSA. Senators said it was in America’s national security interest.
‘We appeal to exempt India from CAATSA’
senators In its letter, we urge you to exempt India from CAATSA for the planned purchase of the S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile system. this law President Gives the U.S. the right to exercise additional discretion in the enforcement of sanctions in cases where the exemptions would promote the national security interests of the United States. We understand your concerns regarding the purchase of Russian equipment and India’s continued cooperation with Russia. We want your administration to continue to convey this concern to the Indian authorities.
India had signed the agreement in 2018
India acquired an air defense missile system from Russia in October 2018, ignoring warnings from the then Trump administration. S-400 A $5 billion deal was signed to buy 5 units of . Trump Administration had warned of imposing restrictions on India under CAATSA. CAATSA is a strict US law that authorizes the administration to impose sanctions on countries that invaded Crimea in 2014. Russia It also buys major defense hardware from Russia after the U.S. occupation and alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.