US decides not to impose sanctions against India for purchasing S-400 missiles from Russia

In a big relief for India, the US has decided not to impose sanctions under its stringent law Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for purchasing S-400 missile systems from Russia.

After India’s purchase of the S-400 air defence system, there was a threat of US sanctions but the Indian government had always been confident of bypassing these.

This has been made possible as the US House of Representatives passed a legislative amendment waiving off any punitive sanctions on India under CAATSA.

The move comes after US House of Representatives approved Indian-origin Congressman Ro Khanna’s amendment to the National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA).