Washington, Ta. Friday 28 January 2022
The US has expressed concern over India’s purchase of multi-billion missile defense systems from Russia. India insisted that the country’s decisions were based on its national interest in protecting its national security.
“On some level this doesn’t change our concerns with the S-400 system,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said. I think that shines a spotlight on this volatile role that is playing not only within the realm of Russia but also potentially.
He said, “When it comes to the CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) ban, you have heard me say this before, we are not committed to this transaction, but it is something that we do under CAATSA in this particular way. transactions.” Given the threat of sanctions, India continues discussions with the government.
Price was responding to a question on the implications of Russia’s S-400 system for India on its bilateral ties with New Delhi, calling it an impending Ukraine invasion given the unprecedented tensions with Moscow.
Despite strong warnings from the US and threats from the Biden administration, India has refused to make any changes to its decision and is proceeding with the purchase of the missile defense system.