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US waiver on S-400 missile system

Recently, India has got exemption from US sanctions on the purchase of S-400 missile systems from Russia.

The United States House of Representatives has passed a legislative amendment. Under this, India has been exempted from the economic sanctions applicable under the ‘Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act’ (CAATSA).

India had in the year 2018 signed an agreement on the purchase of S-400 missile defense system from Russia. For this reason, America had imposed economic sanctions on India through the CAATSA Act.

It is noteworthy that this missile defense system can be helpful in stopping aggressive countries like China. The US sees India as an important ally in its fight against China. If these restrictions continue, the Quad could be significantly impacted, as India is a member of the Quad.

The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA)

  • The US implemented the CAATSA Act in the year
  • It aims to punish countries that have military agreements with Russia, North Korea and Iran by using economic sanctions.
  • The CAATSA Act isn’t just limited to the S- This may apply to other joint ventures or any other major military deals with Russia for the manufacture or development of weapons in the future.
  • The US has also imposed sanctions on Turkey under CAATSA for buying S-400 missile systems from Russia.
  • The S-400 is a long-range mobile surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) system.
  • The S-400 Triumph has the capability to defend against almost all types of air strikes including drones, missiles, rockets and even fighter jets.

Source – The Hindu

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