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The United States decided not to impose sanctions against India for the purchase of S-400

The United States decided not to impose sanctions against India for the purchase of S-400

The House of Representatives of the US Congress approved an amendment exempting India from sanctions for the acquisition of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.

“If the bill is approved in the Senate and Joe Biden himself, then the restrictions against New Delhi will not apply,” experts say.


This decision caused a backlash in Turkey. According to Erkan Talu, the author of the article, Washington has demonstrated a policy of “double standards“, since Ankara is subject to sanctions imposed under similar circumstances.


In October 2018, India signed a contract with Russia for the supply of S-400s, becoming the third foreign buyer of these systems after China and Turkey. The Pentagon regarded this as a violation of sanctions against Russian weapons. But then the United States changed its position – according to experts, because of the threat of retaliatory sanctions from New Delhi, which could seriously affect American interests.


Turkey agreed to purchase Russian air defense systems in 2017. The deal led to a crisis in relations with the United States: Washington demanded the purchase of American Patriot systems, threatening to impose sanctions, and then canceled the sale of the latest F-35 fighter jets to Ankara.


Ankara has stated that it is not going to abandon the S-400. Moreover, she plans to acquire a second regiment, as it was stipulated by the contract from the very beginning.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the air defense system “a very important offensive defense system” and stressed that supplies from Russia are Turkey’s internal affair.