New Delhi: The United States has yet again warned India against Russian S-400 Triumf missile deal ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to India next week. Also Read - Fake Naked Images of Thousands of Women Are Being Created & Shared on Telegram; Why It's Extremely Worrying
“With respect to S-400, we are urging all our allies and partners, India included, to forgo transactions with Russia that risk triggering CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act). This is a time we will be encouraging India to look at alternatives,” a senior State Department official said in a conference call yesterday. Also Read - Captured Chinese Soldier Who Strayed Into Ladakh Handed Over by Indian Army
The official was giving a preview of Pompeo’s India visit which is the first highest level visit from a Trump administration official after Prime Minister Modi was sworn in for his second term last month. Also Read - India Records Lowest COVID-19 Deaths in 3 Months; Total Tally Surpasses 7.5 Million | Key Points
During his visit, Pompeo will meet Prime Minister Modi and his new Indian counterpart External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, whom the official described as one of the visionaries behind the expansion of the US-India strategic partnership.
Earlier the Indian government clarified that it had no plans to scrap the multi-billion dollar deal it signed with Moscow in October 2018. Notably,the two countries (India and Russia) had signed a USD 5 billion S-400 air defence system deal after wide-ranging talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.