A leading Republican politician has actually stated that imposing CAATSA sanctions on India for getting the multi-billion-dollar S-400 missile system from Russia would be a geostrategic failure for Washington.
Legislator Todd Young, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote in the Foreign Policy Magazine that if the Joe Biden administration enforces sanctions on India, it would compromise two fronts at a critical time– threaten Washington’s partnership with India and also risk the QUAD’s ability to counter China.
Quad– comprising Japan, India, Australia and the United States– targets at creating a brand-new method to maintain the important sea paths in the Indo-Pacific free of any type of impact.
Yong said on Monday that in recent weeks, the Democratic chair of the US senate Foreign Relations Committee Legislator Bob Menendez asked for India to be intimidated with sanctions under Section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) if it moves on with the purchase of the Russian missile system.
Section 231 enforces sanction on entities that “run for or in support of” Russian defense or intelligence sectors.
Alternatively, he prompted the Biden Administration to provide CAATSA waiver to India. The waiver is intended at preventing US sanctions on countries like India.