US sanctions under CAATSA legislation were never designed to harm “friends and allies”, outgoing American envoy Kenneth Juster said on Tuesday in the backdrop of apprehension of possible US sanctions on India over its purchase of S-400 missile defence system from Russia.
At the same time, Juster noted that India will have to make certain “choices” on its overall approach on the acquisition of military hardware.
The US has imposed sanctions on Turkey under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for purchase of the S-400 missile defence system from Russia.
In October 2018, India had signed a USD 5 billion deal with Russia to buy five units of the S-400 air defence missile system, despite a warning from the Donald Trump administration that going ahead with the contract may invite US sanctions.
Following US sanctions on Turkey, there have been apprehensions that Washington may impose similar punitive measures on India.
“The CAATSA sanctions were never designed to harm friends and allies. They were aimed at a particular country. And there are many variables involved in it,” Juster said when asked about the possibility of the US imposing sanctions on India under CAATSA.
He was answering questions after delivering a farewell address at an event organised by the Observer Research Foundation.
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