CAATSA waiver not a free ticket, say U.S

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India and Russian Federation will sign the missile deal, estimated at more than $5 billion, during Putin's visit for annual summit talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi beginnning on Thursday, a Kremlin aide said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will be in New Delhi this week for the 19th India-Russia annual bilateral summit. "Looking forward to our deliberations, which will further enhance India-Russia friendship", Modi said on Twitter.

The US is in a hard position as it seeks to contain China through better ties with India, which like Washington has been unnerved by Beijing's growing assertiveness.

Ahead of his meeting, Modi tweeted, "Welcome to India, President Putin". Under CAASTA (Countering America's Adversaries through Sanctions Act) Act, the United States is free to impose sanctions on any country that goes into business with North Korea, Russia or Iran. China signed a deal for six battalions of the S-400 in 2015 and countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iraq are in line. He also said that the signing of the deal will be overseen by Putin and Modi.

However, U.S. officials have said there is no guarantee for such a waiver and have urged India not to enter into transactions with Russian Federation.

The source added that U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis has made a serious push for a waiver but the decision is for President Donald Trump to make.

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The Trump administration has passed the CAATSA law under which sanctions will be imposed on countries having significant defence cooperation with Russian Federation, in an attempt to curb Russia's arms sales.

"India has maintained its sovereignty as regards to its relationship with countries".

On Wednesday, a U.S. State Department spokesperson indicated in Washington that the waiver provisions may not apply to India in this deal. The following air defence system by Russian Federation is expected to transform the strategic balance ins subcontinent.

Asked about whether Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia would raise production to ease concerns about supply and cool oil prices, Novak said that Russian Federation has already reversed all 300,000 bpd of the cuts it had pledged in the OPEC+ deal and added another 100,000-bpd production in September. The two sides are expected to hold talks on setting up a new payment mechanism independent of the USA controlled dollar trade. India is also expected to ink the $5 billion S-400 Triumf deal with Moscow. The S-400 Triumph air defence system integrates a multifunction radar, autonomous detection and targeting systems, anti-aircraft missile systems, launchers, and command and control centre.

What is less known is that Mattis and Pompeo spent over an hour with NSA Ajit Doval for a deeper conversation on two contentious issues - imports of Iranian oil post sanctions that will kick in from November 4, and the S-400 from Russian Federation.

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