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Russian S-400 Missile System

UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS | INDIA ON TRACK FOR SANCTIONS WAIVER FROM US FOR BUYING RUSSIAN S-400 MISSILE SYSTEM | 18TH JULY |

SYLLABUS SECTION: GS II (INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS)

WHY IN THE NEWS RUSSIAN S-400 MISSILE SYSTEM?

Recently, the US House of Representatives passed a legislative amendment that exempts India from economic sanctions for Buying Russian S-400 Missile System under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), citing China’s aggressive designs.

MORE DETAILS:

  • CAATSA is a law that came into effect in the US in 2017, and was meant to punish countries having deep engagements with Russia, North Korea, and Iran using economic sanctions.

The bill was pass by the Senate on 27 July 2017.

  • The US sees India as an important ally in its fight against China. If sanction, the Quad collective, of which India is part, could be significantly impact.

CAATSA enacted in 2017

  • The US enact CAATSA as part of its strategy to tighten the noose around Russia
  • The US has already sanction China and Turkey for purchasing Russian S-400 Missile System.
INDIA AND CAATSA:
  • However, the application of CAATSA is not limit to the S-400, and may include other joint ventures for manufacturing or developing weapons in the future, or any other kinds of major deals with Russia.
  • The US has already imposed sanctions on Turkey under CAATSA for purchase of S-400 missile systems from Russia
  • S-400 is a mobile long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) system
  • S-400 Triumf has the capability to protect against almost all sorts of aerial attacks, including drones, missiles, rockets and even fighter jets.

SOURCE: Times of India

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