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Washington is pressuring India to abandon Russian S-400 missile systems

WASHINGTON, (BM) – India needs to choose whether it will buy American or Russian air defense systems, said the acting US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

Read more: The production of five S-400 air defense systems for India has begun

When asked whether sanctions could be imposed against India, Wells replied that the relevant US Law on Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions (CAATSA) “is a foreign policy priority for Congress.” The American lawmakers, she said, are “seriously concerned” that Russia will profit from military supplies.

Wells emphasized that the issue of sanctions was “not lifted,” but she suggested “focusing on” the fact that the United States “uses systems of the highest technological level,” TASS reports.

India, according to Wells, “will not succeed in combining process” will have to “make a strategic choice of technologies and platforms.” Wells said the United States “offers the best technology and platform.”

Recall that the first batch of S-400 Triumph air defense systems will be delivered to India by the end of 2021 in accordance with the schedule.

In September 2019, U.S. air defense systems were unable to protect the oil facilities of Saudi Arabia from attack by drones.

Read more: Second US failure! After Turkey, India expects its S-400 by the end of 2024

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