The United States calls on its allies and partners to refrain from purchases that may entail Washington's sanctions.
The United States called on India to abandon the purchase of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system (SAM). Otherwise, it could impose sanctions on the country.
On Saturday, March 20, this issue was discussed by the defense ministers of the countries - Lloyd Austin and Rajnath Singh during a meeting in New Delhi, writes DW.com.
The United States urges its allies and partners to refrain from purchases that may entail sanctions from Washington, the Pentagon's head told reporters.
Reuters, citing the American minister's words, clarifies that since the supply of the S-400 to India has not yet been carried out, the possibility of specific sanctions has not, however, been discussed.
As noted by DW.com, the contract for the supply of S-400s to India was signed after negotiations between Moscow and New Delhi at the highest level in the fall of 2018. The first shipment is anticipated by the end of 2021. Under this contract, India has already transferred $ 800 million to Russia.
The influence of the Russian Federation on the relations of NATO partners
Earlier, the Russian anti-aircraft missile system has already complicated relations between the United States and Turkey. Both countries are members of the North Atlantic Alliance. Still, in response to Ankara's purchase of four S-400 divisions, Washington excluded Turkey from the production program partners for the latest F-35 fighter. It withdrew an offer to supply Patriot missile systems.
Also, the United States has imposed sanctions against Turkish officials involved in the purchase of these systems.
The S-400 "Triumph" air defense missile system is designed to combat strategic and tactical aircraft, ballistic missiles, hypersonic targets, and other means of air attack in conditions of electronic and different types of countermeasures.
According to the developers, the system can hit aerodynamic targets at a distance of up to 400 km and up to 60 km - ballistic targets at an altitude of 4.8 km/s from some meters to several tens of kilometers.
The S-400 air defense missile system batteries are also located on the Russian-occupied Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.