The United States has threatened to ban India several times over purchasing the S-400 missile system from Russia. US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin also said during his visit to India that our friends should avoid buying weapons from Russia.
On the other hand, US lawmakers are torn apart on the issue of banning India. Republican leader Todd Young has said it would be a geopolitical victory for Russia if India is banned under the Countering America’s Advertising Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
America will be weak due to ban on India
Young, a member of the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote in the foreign policy magazine that if US President Joe Biden’s administration imposes sanctions on India, it will undermine two strategic fronts at critical times – this undermines America’s relations with India. And this will also affect the QUAD’s ability to deal with China.
Democratic leader advocates ban on India
Young said on Monday that Bob Menendez, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, had said in recent weeks that India should be warned of a ban under Section 231 of KATSA if India moves towards buying a Russian missile system. needed.
Explain that the United States declares sanctions under this section on installations working for or on behalf of the Russian defense or intelligence sectors.
US MP said – India will not stop with the ban
Young wrote that the US embargo move would not prevent India from buying the S-400 missile system. In view of India’s historical skepticism about international cooperation and its longstanding relationship with Russia, any sanctions in India, including allies of the Non-Aligned Movement, will be exaggerated and taken advantage of by those suspected of deep ties with the West. lives.
Appealed for India to be exempted from KATSA
He wrote that in addition Russia could take advantage of the sanctions to reclaim its role as India’s military partner. After this, the irony will be that banning India with Russia-made defense system will actually prove to be Moscow’s geopolitical victory.
He appealed to the Biden administration to exempt India from CAATSA, saying that by giving this exemption and allowing India to buy Russian weapons, the Biden administration could make it clear that China is the main geopolitical threat to the US.
American Admiral also asked not to impose sanctions against India
Just a few days ago, Admiral John Aquilino, who is going to become the Chief of the Indo-Pacific Command of the US Army, lashed out at the US Congress about the Indo-Russian relations. He said that the US needs to understand that India has an old relationship with Russia for security cooperation and military equipment. He also advocated not to impose restrictions on the purchase of India’s S-400 missile system from Russia.
What did the American Admiral say?
US Senator Jean Shaheen questioned whether we should ban India if he buys the S-400? In response, Admiral John Aquilino said that he would try to drive India away from Russia instead of resorting to sanctions to buy weapons. Aquilino said that I think I will leave this decision to the policy makers. I think we should understand where we stand with India and I think the move to provide alternatives is much better.
What is S-400 Defense System
It is an air defense missile system that can take down enemy aircraft from the sky. The S-400 is considered to be Russia’s most advanced long range surface-to-air missile defense system. It is capable of firing enemy cruise, aircraft and ballistic missiles.
The system is an upgraded version of the S-300 from Russia itself. This missile system has been designed by Almaz-Ante, which has been in service in Russia since 2007. It is capable of doing 36 blows in a single round.
Russia posted in April 2007
On April 28, 2007, Russia deployed this system to hit 400 kilometers. It is the most advanced air defense system of the current era. According to experts, the missile defense system of Israel and America is also strong, but they have long range missiles. Instead, Russia has a short-range, strong-hitting missile defense system. It is capable of killing aircrafts, which puts India at risk of attack.
Russia is making the S-400 defense system more deadly
Russia has begun to make its S-400 and S-300 missile systems more deadly. In this system, Russia is going to add several new types of missiles which will be able to shoot down any enemy missile. This weapon of Russia is considered to be the best in the world in its category. According to reports from the Russian news agency Sputnik, the Russian Ministry of Defense plans to equip the stock of the S-300 and S-400s with a variety of missiles to increase long-range strike capability and provide highly accurate short-range defense. Is approved. According to the Russian military, this change in launch platforms will make it possible to quickly switch missiles used depending on the situation.