US reacts to Indo-Russian S-400 deal, says CAATSA not intended to damage military capabilities of allies

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NEW DELHI: In a guarded reaction, the US on Friday said its intent to slap sanctions against Russia was not aimed at imposing damage to the military capabilities of its “allies or partners,” shortly after India concluded a deal for purchase of S-400 missile defence system from Russia.

Stating that the intent to slap sanctions on Russia was to impose costs for its “malign behaviour”, the US also made it clear that any waiver will be considered on a transaction-by-transaction basis, adding it cannot prejudge any sanctions decisions.

Responding to a query on the impact of anti-Russia sanctions on India after the conclusion of the S-400 contract, the US embassy spokesperson said, “waivers of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) section 231 will be considered on a transaction-by-transaction basis. We cannot prejudge any sanctions decisions.”

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