US threatens India with sanctions for the purchase of S-400 missile systems

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The United States urged New Delhi not to purchase Russian S-400 missile defense systems, otherwise India would face a “risk of sanctions”, learned, quoting Russian media Pravda.

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This was announced in the US State Department, noting that India is not immune to Washington’s sanctions on a deal with Moscow, just like Turkey, which is under threat from US sanctions on a similar deal.

The State Department emphasized that “any punitive measures” against New Delhi will be taken in accordance with the law on counteracting the enemies of America on the basis of the sanctions law, signed in 2017.

Russian air defense not compatible with NATO missiles

S-400 is the latest Russian missile system designed to detect, track and destroy aircraft, drones or missiles at a distance of up to 402 kilometers.

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A number of NATO member states, in particular the United States, argue that Russian-made S-400 rocket batteries are incompatible with similar weapons of the military alliance, so countries acquiring Russian air defense systems should be subject to sanctions.

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