Saturday, 04 December 2021

US ‘worry’ over S-400 deliveries to India

US ‘worry’ over S-400 deliveries to India

The US defense department has reiterated “concern” over reports of India receiving the first supplies of the Russian S-400 missile defense system. Still, there were no indications that the Biden management was moving towards sanctions under US law to penalize Russia.

“I believe we have been clear with our Indian partners about our concern over the system,”

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said to the media in response to a question about India receiving the first stock of the Russian weapon system.

Kirby referred to defense secretary Lloyd Austin’s visit to India in March this year, in which he had to repeat US concerns with India acquiring the missile defense.

Kirby added.

“We certainly have concerns over the S-400 system, but I don’t have any new updates for you,”

Read More: S-400 air defense systems delivery started says, Russian official

The head of Russian military cooperation agency Dmitry Shugayev announced the beginning of the deliveries on Sunday. “The first supplies have already been begin,” Russian news agency Interfax quotes Shugayev as saying on Sunday in Dubai at an aerospace trade show.

The US had pressed India to call off the deal arguing that the Russian system would obstruct ongoing efforts to increase interoperability between Indian and US militaries and had offered the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAD) and Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) systems instead.

A 2017 US law that seeks to penalize Russia - CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) - requires the administration to impose secondary sanctions on countries that make substantial defense purchases from Russia. China was the first country sanctioned under this law in 2018, followed by Turkey, a Nato ally, in 2020; both over S-400.

Trump administration officials, especially then defense secretary James Mattis had argued for a waiver for India. New Delhi has since, and because of other indications, believed its purchase of S-400 will be exempted from sanctions.

Follow Us

Popular Post

Man Utd manager Ralf Rangnick delayed untill Mid December

Man Utd manager Ralf Rangnick delayed untill Mid December

Azhar Shaikh Dec 01, 2021 Football

Due to a setback in securing a work visa, it got said that Ralf Rangnick could get forced to wait until mid-December to start his role as Manchester U...