Days before President-elect Joe Biden took office as the new President of the United States, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on Turkey for purchases of the Russian-made S400 Triumf missile defense system and warned India and other countries against buying weapons made by Russia .
Christopher Ford, deputy secretary for international security and non-proliferation, announced a series of sanctions against Turkey’s Procurement Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) against the Turkish procurement agency SSB and four senior Turkish officials on Monday. It should be noted that Turkey is a NATO ally.
“We hope that other countries around the world will also take note that the United States should fully implement the sanctions of CAATSA Section 231 and that they should avoid additional purchases of Russian equipment, especially those that could trigger sections,” he said.
It is worth recalling that in 2018 India signed a contract worth $ 5.43 billion for five units of the S-400 missile defense system from Russia. The Indian government had decided to close the deal despite objections from the US.
The US has repeatedly warned India not to buy weapons from Russia while threatening to impose measures and incentives for an alternative missile defense system under CAATSA.
In particular, the US has yet to exempt India from CAATSA across the board, but it has continued to sell arms to India.
During U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to India in 2019, he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a $ 3.5 billion arms deal. The deal includes 24 Sikorsky MH-60R Sea Hawk multipurpose helicopters, six Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters.
The US also signed an advanced defense pact with India in October, the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement on Geospatial Cooperation (BECA). Coloring these deals enabled New Delhi to access information via satellite imagery and data for civil and military purposes.
It seems that President-elect Joe Biden’s policy towards countries that buy arms is not changing significantly, as several Democratic leaders support CAATSA.
Previously, the US had also banned Tukey from getting the advanced F-35 fighter jets.
According to Ford, the new sanctions would prevent SSB from obtaining export licenses for weapons and obtaining loans, and the US would also refuse loans to the company from other sources.