Guarded US says CAATSA not aimed to harm allies such as India
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Guarded US says CAATSA not aimed to harm allies such as India

New Delhi, Oct 5: The United States on Friday appeared defensive and somewhat discreet when it said the Trump administration intent of Sanctions under CAATSA was "not intended to impose damage to the military capabilities of our allies".

"The CAATSA is not intended to impose damage to the military capabilities of our allies or partners," an official spokesperson in the United State embassy said here hours after New Delhi brushed aside US sanctions threat and went ahead with a major missile procurement deal with Russia.

"The intent of our implementation of CAATSA is to impose costs on Russia for its malign behavior, including by stopping the flow of money to Russia's defense sector," the spokesperson said.

CAATSA is not intended to impose damage to the military capabilities of our allies or partners," the spokesperson added.

The US official, however sounded cautious and said, "the waiver authority is not for a blanket waiver. It is transaction-specific".

Earlier India defied the US reservations and announced - "conclusion of the contract for the supply of the S-400 Long Range Surface to Air Missile System to India".

The decision was taken on a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the 19th India Russia Bilateral Summit and both sides pledged to carry forward the ties with enhanced cooperation in various sectors.

Both sides among other things - "reaffirmed" the commitment of India and Russia for a political resolution of the conflict in Syria, through an inclusive Syrian-led, Syrian-owned political process which safeguards the state sovereignty.

"They reiterated their support for the Geneva process and the mediation offered by the UN, as well as the Astana process, and stressed the complementarity between the two initiatives. Both sides called upon all stakeholders to actively engage in building a peaceful, stable and sovereign Syrian nation and support the intra-Syrian dialogue without preconditions or external interference," the Joint Statement said.

Putin said India-Russia was much beyond buying and selling of Russian weapons.

The S-400 deal inked on Friday is expected to give huge to India's defence preparedness. (UNI)