US may impose sanctions due to S-400 deal between India and Russia: Report

The United States may impose several restrictions on India for buying billions of dollars worth of S-400 air defense missile systems from Russia.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) , the independent research wing of the US Congress In its report submitted to the Congress, it has said that India is particularly keen on ‘technology sharing and co-production initiatives.

However, the US demands that India bring more changes in its defense policy and bring more foreign direct investment in the defense sector.

The report prepared for Congress members reported that ‘India is buying a billion-dollar Russia-built S-400 air defense system that could lead to sanctions on India under the US anti-enemy sanctions law’.

However, the CRS report is not considered an official report nor does it reflect the views of members of the US Congress.

They are made independent experts so that law makers can be made aware of the decisions.

In October 2018, India signed a $ 5 billion deal with Russia to buy five S-400 air defense missile systems. However, before this the Trump administration had warned that if this deal happens then India should be ready for the US sanctions.

In 2019, India made the first payment of $ 800 million for the missile system.

The S-400 is considered to be Russia’s most modern ground-to-air long-range missile defense system. (PTK)