The US again raised its concern over India buying S-400 missile defense system to India and called Russia is playing a destabilizing role in the region. But it admitted that India’s decision to buy Russian missiles is based on the national interest of the country.
State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said that the US had concerns with the S-400 system and he thought that the deal put the destabilizing role of Russia not only in the region but potentially beyond as well in the spotlight.
Price further maintained that while the US hadn’t decided about the missile deal, it was something the US continued to discuss with the government of India about the risk of CAATSA sanctions for the missile deal with Russia.
Price was speaking to the reporters about the implications of the Russian missile on the Indo-US bilateral ties. The US is analyzing the deal in the shadow of its heightened tensions with Moscow for Russia’s imminent Ukraine invasion.
India closed the S-400 missile deal despite strong objections from the Biden administration and the threat of US sanctions. Also, the US administration has yet to decide on CAATSA sanctions.
Price said that the US continued to urge all countries to avoid buying Russian weapon systems. He further maintained that the US didn’t have a timeline to offer, but the Biden administration continued to discuss those issues with New Delhi.
S-400 Missile System
The first regiment of the S-400 Triumph missile system will be deployed on the Punjab border in February. The Indian government said that the process of deployment had begun and it could take close to six weeks in completing. It would cover the frontier with Pakistan and parts of the border with China.