Visiting US Secretary of State Lloyd Austin has raised the issue of India’s planned procurement of the S-400 Triumf air defence system from Russia, and stressed that- Allies and partners should avoid any kind of acquisitions that will trigger sanctions. The Modi government has, however, firmly explained that the country’s armed forces have a diversified portfolio.
It has also told Washington that the process to acquire the Russian system began much before the US introduced the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which attracts sanctions against countries involved in trade with Moscow. Sources in know said Austin did raise the issue of the S-400 during his delegation-level talks with Defence Minsiter Rajnath Singh.
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Briefing accompanying American journalists and a very select group of Indian media, Austin clarified that the question of CAATSA or sanctions against Indian is not on the table as India has not taken delivery of the system. He, however, did not elaborate on what will happen when India takes delivery of the system later this year.
Deal of S-400 between India and Russia
It was in 2016 that India and Russia had signed an agreement on the TRIUMF interceptor-based missile system, which can destroy at ranges of up to 400 km. S-400 is known as Russia’s most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system.