Imposing sanctions on India over defence deal with Russia will hit US: Jim Mattis

WASHINGTON, Apr 27: Defence secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday appealed to the Congress to urgently provide India the national security waiver, saying imposing sanctions on it + under a newly-enacted law for buying the S-400 air defence missile system from Russia would only hit the US.
During a Congressional hearing held by the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mattis told American lawmakers that the national security waiver should be urgently provided to India and other countries which are trying to turn away from formerly Russian-sourced weapons to avoid sanctions under Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
CAATSA, which was signed into law in August 2017 and went into effect in January this year, mandates the Trump administration to punish entities engaging in significant transaction with the defence or intelligence sectors of Russia.
India is currently in an advance stage of negotiations with Russia for five S-400 system worth an estimated $4.5 billion.
The S-400 Triumf long-range air defence missile system has the capability to destroy incoming hostile aircraft, missiles and even drones at ranges of up to 400km. The S-400 missile system can fire three types of missiles and simultaneously engage 36 targets, thereby creating a layered defence.(Agencies)