US expresses ‘concern’ over delivery of Russian S-400 missile system to India

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The United States has expressed “concern” over the delivery of S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems from Russia to India, but remains undecided on how to handle the transaction, a senior US official said. Pentagon. The S-400 is known as Russia’s most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defense system.

Although there is no official comment from the Indian Air Force on the deliveries, the Russian director of the Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service (FSMTC), Dmitry Shugaev, told the Sputnik news agency that the missile deliveries were proceeding as planned.

“We have been very clear with our Indian partners about our concern about this system,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Monday during a press briefing in response to a question about the extent to which the department of Defense is concerned that India will receive the first S. -400s.

It is learned that the deliveries of some components of the missile systems have started and that all the essential parts have not yet reached India.

Kirby, however, said the United States has yet to decide how to handle the India-Russia transaction.

“We certainly have concerns about this system, but I don’t have any updates for you,” he said.

During a visit to India last month, US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said any country deciding to use S-400 missiles is “dangerous” and not in the interest of security belongs to nobody.

At the same time, she hoped that the United States and India would be able to resolve their disputes over supply. We learn that the issue is under discussion between India and the United States.

In October 2018, India signed a $5 billion deal with Russia to buy five units of the S-400 air defense missile systems, despite a warning from the then Trump administration that the pursuit of the contract could result in US sanctions.

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The Biden administration has yet to say whether it will impose sanctions on India under the provisions of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for the purchase of the S-400 missile systems.

CAATSA, introduced in 2017, provides for punitive actions against any country engaged in dealings with the Russian defense and intelligence sectors.

The United States has already imposed CAATSA sanctions on Turkey over the purchase of a batch of S-400 missile defense systems from Russia.

Following US sanctions on Turkey over the purchase of S-400 missile systems, there were fears that Washington would impose similar punitive measures on India.

Russia has been one of India’s main arms and ammunition suppliers.

India and Russia have also reached the final stages of negotiating a logistics support agreement and this should be signed soon, we learned.

In October, two powerful US senators – Mark Warner of the Democratic Party and John Cornyn of the Republican Party – had urged President Biden not to impose CAATSA provisions against India for purchasing the S-400 missile system as it’s in the US national system. security interest.

“We strongly encourage you to grant a CAATSA waiver to India for its planned purchase of the S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile system. In cases where granting a waiver would advance the national security interests of States United States, this waiver authority, as enshrined in law by Congress, gives the President additional discretion in applying sanctions,” they wrote in a letter to Biden.

Warner, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Intelligence, and Cornyn, Senate Minority Whip for the Grand Old Party (GOP), are co-chairs of the powerful Indian Senate Caucus, the only country-specific caucus in the U.S. Senate. P

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