WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that India “will soon find out” about his decision on the punitive CAATSA sanctions after India signed a USD 5 billion deal to purchase the S-400 air defence system from Russia.
Under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act or CAATSA sanctions, which was amended early this year, only Donald Trump has the authority for the presidential waiver to India on weapons deal with sanctions-hit Russia.
India last week inked a USD 5 billion deal to purchase S-400 Triumf air defence system from Moscow. The mega deal was sealed in New Delhi during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin for the annual summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Asked about the agreement between India and Russia, Donald Trump while interacting with reporters in the Oval Office of the White House, said, “India will find out. Aren’t they?”
“India is going to find out,” he reiterated in response to India specific question.
Asked when, he said, “You will see. Sooner than you think.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also in the room when Donald Trump answered the question on CAATSA sanctions. Pompeo was scheduled to meet the president later.
Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis had earlier argued the case for a waiver to India.
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