Wahington DC: A day after United States President Donald Trump said that India will soon “find out” if CAATSA sanctions will apply to the country after its S-400 defense deal with Russia, US state department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that it is not helpful when the country hears about purchasing of oil and of S-400 defense system.
Refusing to comment any further than what the US President already said on the India-Russia defence deal, Heather Nauert said that President Donald Trump said that ‘we’ll take care of it’.
“The President had addressed it, he was asked whether or not India would buy oil from Iran after sanctions are reimposed. And President said, ‘we’ll take care of that.’ He was asked also about CAATSA sanctions and possible imposition of CAATSA sanctions. And he (US President) said India is going to find out. And India will find out. We’ll see,” she said.
She added: “So I’m not going to get ahead of him, but certainly when we hear about things such as purchasing oil or purchasing of the S-400 systems, it’s not helpful.”
The US’ statement came hours after Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev Thursday said that the sanctions will not be a hindrance in signing more defence deals with India in near future. Kudashev also said that New Delhi and Moscow could soon sign agreements on frigates and Kalashnikov assault rifles in “two-three months”.
“In the coming months, you can expect more deals. Talks are on, this is the normal process. We hope that within two-three months… We could soon have a deal on frigates, it is very much on the agenda of the two sides, and we could soon have a deal on the Kalashnikov assault rifles,” he said.
Terming the S-400 defence deal as the “largest contract” in the history of India-Russia relationship, Kudashev added that there were no protracted negotiations. He also said that Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) will not put any pressure on India or Russia for any more deals in future.