The senators stated that amidst strengthening bilateral relationship with India, Sanctions against India on singing deal with Russia for purchasing S-400 defense system with hamper the relationship with India.
India inked a deal of 5.4 Billion Dollar with Russia in 2018 for purchasing S-400 Russian defense system amidst tensions and to fight with Pakistan over the Himalayan region of Kashmir. India has made down payment and other processes to complete the purchase that is planned by 2025. The lawmakers worry that it makes India eligble for US’s Sanctions act which is passed by Congress.
This is not the first call for waiver for India, but during the Trump administration as well the defense secretary and other officials had argued upon the case.However, the lawmakers said that they favor the Sanctions law in many other instances but not in this case. They said that the they agree that Sanctions on India could hamper the bilateral relationship but it will not achieve the intended purpose to deter Russian arms sale.