US official outlines Indian CAATSA risks

09 January 2020

The United States retains concerns that India's procurement of the Almaz-Antei S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system from Russia could jeopardise US military technologies and potentially India's access to US sustainment capability.

Speaking in a background briefing in Washington on 8 January, a senior State Department official said the US government "wants to work" with India to ensure that the South Asian country does not fall foul of sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

In comments published by the State Department, the unidentified senior official said, "Indian officials know that there's a risk of application of sanctions [in relation to India's S-400 procurement].

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