After India-Russia missile deal, U.S. warns allies of sanctions risk

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News:United States has warned allies to forgo transactions with Russia as this may risk triggering sanctions under CAATSA act.

Facts:

Background:

  • India and Russia have concluded the deal for five S-400 ‘Triumf’ missile systems.
  • However,the U.S. has warned that the deal would invoke sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

About Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA):

  • The Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) is a United States federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia.
  • The act also includes sanctions against countries that engage in significant transactions with Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors.

About S-400:

  • S-400 Triumf Missile System is a mobile, surface-to-air missile system (SAM).It has an operational range of over 400 km.
  • The S-400 Trimuf can engage all types of aerial targets such as aircraft, ballistic and cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
  • It can track 100 airborne targets including super fighters such as the American built F-35 and engage six of them simultaneously.