Don’t want to Degrade India’s Defence Capabilities: US

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New Delhi : The Trump administration does not want to degrade India’s defence capabilities, news agency PTI reports quoting a senior US official.

The US however will do a case-by-case analysis on where punitive measures under the CAATSA could be applied on countries buying significant military equipment from Russia.

The US has said in the past it was working with countries, including India, to help them identify and avoid engaging in potentially sanctionable activities under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

Notably, ndia and Russia signed the USD 5 billion S-400 air defence system deal in October 2018, after wide-ranging talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Responding to a question on implications of India going ahead with its decision to purchase S-400 missile defence system from Russia, the official said: “I know India has expressed valid concerns… they don’t want to have a sustainment line completely shut down… That’s the last thing we want to do with a significant partner. We don’t want to degrade their defence capabilities”.

The US has said that such a major purchase would come under the purview of the punitive CAATSA sanctions, reports PTI

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