Trump administration threatens India with serious sanctions

Trump administration threatens India with serious sanctions

WASHINGTON - Trump administration has threatened India with tough sanctions, India media has reported.



The purchase of major military equipment like the multi-billion-dollar S-400 Triumph from Russia would be considered as a "significant transaction" and has a potential for imposing tough US sanctions, the Trump administration said Friday, as India mulls buying the air defense systems, PTI has reported.


Trump on Thursday signed an executive order, paving the way for slapping crippling sanctions on countries and foreign entities and individuals violating the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). After signing of the order, the US imposed sanctions on a Chinese entity, the Equipment Development Department and its director Li Shangfu for its recent purchase of Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missile, a senior administration official told reporters during a conference call.

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The CAATSA that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia, has the potential to affect India's defense purchases as it is planning to buy five S-400 Triumf missile air defense systems from Russia for around USD 4.5 billion.

"We want to stress that the legislative standard here is a significant transaction with an entity that appears on the List of Specified Persons. We took these actions because China took delivery of 10 Sukhoi fighter aircraft, specifically Su-25s, in December of 2017 after the CAATSA statute came into force. It also took delivery of a batch of S-400 sometimes known as SA-21 surface-to-air missile systems or related equipment in January of this year," the official said.

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The US official, who did not wish to be identified emphasized that the ultimate target of these sanctions was Russia.


Source: This Article was published by TOI

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