India Russia Defence Agreements and CAATSA – IAS Synopsis


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What is CAATSA and why India is facing threat of sanctions?

  • Stands for Countering America’s Adversary through Sanctions Act
  • Legislation was for Russia, Iran and North Korea.
  • Section 235 of the Act talks about 12 sanctions that can be imposed upon persons that engage with the defense and intelligence of Russia.
  • Section 231, gives powers to the President to invoke 5 of these sanctions.
  • However, India was granted a waiver under CAATSA and retained its strategic autonomy.
  • Recent issue is due to the S-400 deal which has led to the debate.




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