US House Of Representatives Allows Sanctions Waiver To India

The United States House of Representatives (HOR) approved a legislative amendment that will waiver sanctions in India in exchange for the US government’s acquisition of the S-400 missile defense system from Russia.

The amendment, which was written and submitted by Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna, requests the Biden administration to exercise its power to grant India a waiver on The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) in order to help deter India’s aggressors.

CAATSA, which was passed by the US Congress in 2017, enables sanctions to be taken against any nation that conducts business with the Russian defense and intelligence industries.

Khanna’s legislation was approved on Thursday during a floor discussion of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as a part of an en bloc amendment.

Khanna expressed that the amendment is “of the utmost importance” and that the US “Must stand with India in the face of escalating aggression from China.” 

India and Russia previously agreed on a $5 billion deal in October of 2018 to buy five S-400 air defense missile systems despite warnings from the former Trump administration that it may lead to sanctions.

The US has previously imposed sanctions on Turkey under the CAATSA for the purchase of a batch of S-400 missile defense systems from Russia.

According to Khanna, “China continues its military assault along the India-China boundary, posing urgent and substantial border dangers to India.”

In the amendment’s final subhead, Khanna wrote that the waiver of CAATSA sanctions is in the best interests of the US-India defense alliance.

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