Washington / New Delhi: Before saying goodbye, US President Donald Trump has banned Turkey from buying Russian S-400 air defense systems. Other countries have also been warned to avoid such deals with Russia. The new dispute will now have to be resolved by Joe Biden, who will be sworn in on January 20. The US action raises the question of how it views India. Because India is among those who want a Russian missile system.
A statement from the US government said, “Turkey has violated the rules, which have led to the imposition of sanctions.” We expect the rest of the world to comply with Section 231 of the Countering US Advocacy Through Approval Act (CAATSA). The United States has also said that other countries should avoid the Russian defense system, which could lead to the ban.
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The deal was signed in 2018
In 2018, India had signed a 5.43 billion deal with Russia for five units of the S-400 air defense system. New Delhi had taken this step despite US objections. Although the Modi government has largely resolved the issue at the diplomatic level, now that it is on its way to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Donald Trump has once again stirred up the controversy by imposing a ban on Turkey. In such a scenario, everything depends on Biden and India will have to come up with its own strategy.
This is what America wants
The US wants India not to pay attention to Russia when it comes to defense procurement. Donald Trump has expressed this desire many times. He has mentioned that there is an arms race behind this, but he himself has signed several defense agreements with India. During his visit to India in 2019, Trump announced a 3.5 billion arms deal with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The deal includes 24 Sikorsky MH-60RC Hawk multi-role helicopters, six Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters.
Why is the S-400 special?
Russia’s S-400 air defense system is considered the most dangerous weapon in the world. This ground-to-air hit system can detect any potential air attack in advance. S-400 aircraft, cruise missiles and nuclear missiles can destroy up to 400 kilometers in advance. The S-400 is equipped with state-of-the-art radars and can see targets up to 600 kilometers away. Connected to the satellite, the required signals and information are immediately available. The special thing is that this system can conquer 36 targets at once and it can be deployed in five minutes.