India Risking US Sanctions with Arms Deal with Russia

The United States has placed sanctions of Russia, designed not only to hurt Russia financially, but also prevent other nations from trading with or entering agreements with Putin and country.

Yet, it is being reported that India is considering an agreement with Russia that would net India a number of S-400 air defense missile systems.

The US State Department issued a warning to India about their reported deal with Russia, informing them that it would be in violation of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) that was signed into law in August 2017.

CAATSA has a provision that allows the United States to place sanctions on other countries that violate the sanctions placed on specific countries, such as Russia.

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(Sputnik News) – India is seeking a US waiver for its planned purchase of S-400 air defense missile systems from Russia.

The United States has warned that India’s planned purchase of the state-of-the-art S-400 air defense missiles from Russia could lead to sanctions by Washington.

According to the Press Trust of India, the warning made on Wednesday followed reports of New Delhi’s intention to sign an agreement on the acquisition of Russian missiles during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s two-day visit to India starting on Thursday.

We urge all our allies and partners to refrain from engaging in transactions with Russia that would trigger sanctions under the CAATSA,” the agency quoted an unnamed State Department official as saying.

The official added that the purchase of S-400 missiles would fall under Article 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act or CAATSA…

If India ignores the warning issued by the US State Department could mean that India might be siding with Russia against the United States.

What makes that unnerving is that behind China, India is the world’s second most populated nation and Russia is 9th.

The United States is the 3rd most populous nation, but our total number is only a quarter of what India or China have.

An alliance of Russia, India and China could mean the US, with a population of about 330 million could face an alliance of 2.8 billion or 8.5 to 1 odds against us.



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R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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