New Delhi: India signed several defence deals with Russia on Monday despite threats of US sanction looming over India.
India and Russia signed a deal to manufacture 6,01,427 over a period of 2021 to 2031, confirmed Army Gen Dmitriy Shugaev, Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Russia.
The agreement signed between the two countries for procurement of 6,01,427 7.63x39mm assault rifles AK-203 through Indo-Russia Rifles Pvt Ltd, Program for military-technical cooperation from 2021-2031.
As India enters into defence agreement with Russia, the US federal law Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) can have a major role to play.
CAATSA is an American federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia.
In 1996, A law was passed by the United States Congress highlighting secondary sanctions, whereby third parties could face the adverse effects of sanctions simply for engaging with the primary party, the intended target of sanctions.
India isn’t an adversary and isn’t in any formal alliance with the US and, unlike Turkey, India’s isn’t a NATO signatory. As a strategic partner, India isn’t obligated to the US in the same manner as Ankara is, as stated in an article first published in ORS.
A waiver not granted to India won’t necessarily hurt India’s defenses on the borders as much as it would impinge on US strategic interests in the region.
Furthermore, Washington is cognizant that the S-400 supplied by Moscow is not used by India against Pakistan, a major “non-NATO US ally”, but as a deterrent against China, a strategic adversary.
The Washington myopia here for some is that the U.S. is threatening sanctions on India for a missile defense system that the US does not competitively produce, as per the article first published in ORS.