A few days before President-elect Joe Biden took over as the new US president, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on Turkey for buying the Russian-made S400 Triumph missile system and warned India and other countries to buy Russian-made weapons.
A series of sanctions were announced by Under-Secretary of State for International Security and Non-Proliferation Christopher Ford on Monday under the Law on Combating Sanctions (CAATSA) against Turkey’s military procurement agency SSB and four senior Turkish officials. It should be noted that Turkey is a NATO ally.
“We hope that other countries around the world will note that the United States will fully implement the CAATSA Section 231 sanctions and that they should avoid further purchases of Russian equipment, especially those that could trigger sections,” he said. he.
It may be recalled that in 2018, India concluded a $ 5.43 billion deal for five units of Russia’s S-400 missile defense system. The Indian government has decided to finalize the agreement, despite US objections.
The United States has repeatedly warned India against buying weapons from Russia, while threatening to impose measures under CAATSA and the stimulus of an alternative missile system.
In particular, the US has not yet offered a general exemption for India from CAATSA, but has continued to sell arms to India.
During US President Donald Trump’s visit to India in 2019, he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a $ 3.5 billion arms deal. The agreement includes 24 Sikorsky MH-60R Sea Hawk multi-role helicopters with six Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters.
The United States also signed an advanced defense pact, the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement on Geospatial Cooperation, or the OECD, in October with India. The inking of these transactions allowed New Delhi to access information through satellite imagery and data for civilian and military use.
It seems that the policy under President-elect Joe Biden on arms-buying countries may not change much, as more Democratic leaders support CAATSA.
Earlier, the United States had banned Tukey from receiving advanced F-35 fighter jets.
According to Ford, the new sanctions would prevent SSB from obtaining export licenses for weapons and receiving loans, and the US would also oppose lending from other sources to the company.