US warns India against ‘buying arms manufactured by Russia’ days ahead of Joe Biden’s official arrival at White House

The US administration led by Donald Trump in the United States has imposed sanctions on Turkey for buying the Russian-made S400 Triumf anti-missile system and has warned India and other countries on buying arms manufactured by Russia days ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s official arrival at the White House.

According to a report by a Delhi-based news organisation Zee News, a series of sanctions were announced by Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation, Christopher Ford, on Monday under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) against Turkey’s military procurement agency SSB and four senior Turkish officials. It is to be noted that Turkey is a NATO ally.

“We hope that other countries around the world will also take note that the United States will fully implement CAATSA Section 231 sanctions and that they should avoid further acquisitions of Russian equipment, especially those that could trigger sections,” the report quoted Christopher Ford as saying.

In 2018, the report said, India had inked a deal worth USD 5.43 billion for five units of the S-400 anti-missile system from Russia. The Indian government had decided to finalise the deal despite objections from the US.

The United States has repeatedly warned India against buying arms from Russia while threatening to impose sanctions under CAATSA and the incentive of an alternative anti-missile system, the report said.

In 2019, when US President Donald Trump visited India, he along with the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi announced an arms deal worth USD 3.5 billion. The deal includes 24 Sikorsky MH-60R Sea Hawk multi-role helicopters six Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters, Zee News reported.

As per the report, the US also signed an advanced defence pact, the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement on Geospatial Cooperation, or BECA, in October with India.

The report added that inking of these deals allowed New Delhi to access intelligence through satellite imagery and data for civilian and military use.

Earlier, the US had also banned Tukey from getting the advanced F-35 fighter jets.

Quoting Christopher Ford, the report said that new sanctions would bar SSB from getting export licenses for weapons and from receiving loans and that the US would also oppose loans from other sources to the company.


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