US pressuring India to boycott Russia

The United States is trying to discourage India from buying large defence systems from Russia, an action that may attract sanctions, according to a senior official of the State Department.

What is the US law?

Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanction Act (CAATSA), a 2017 law, requires that countries that have significant defence cooperation with Russia be sanctioned by America.

Why is India interested in Russia?

India is planning to buy five S-400 Triumf air defence systems for around $4.5 billion from Russia.

Other side view of US administration

The Donald Trump administration has publicly expressed its desire to protect India from CAATSA, considering the U.S.-India strategic ties. Defence Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have urged lawmakers to make changes in the law so that partners like India are not punished. But efforts in this direction are being strongly resisted by Democratic lawmakers who want to put the administration on the mat on Russia relations.

(Adapted from The Hindu)