Until now, CAATSA legislation, used to sanction the clients of key defense systems of “adversaries of the United States”, such as Russia, has been primarily agitated by the Trump administration to force targeted capitals to back down. in their negotiations with Moscow. But several of them, like Ankara, Cairo or New Delhi, openly defied Washington by acquiring anti-aircraft systems S-400 or Su-35 fighters of Russian invoice. Although he was the originator of the legislation, Donald Trump never used this legislation to sanction a country during his presidential term. And it took the determined intervention of the American Congress to force the State Department in December 2020 to put Turkey under sanction following the acquisition of Russian S400 batteries.
But the situation is very likely to change in the months to come, with the arrival of the Biden administration in the White House. Indeed, according to information collected by Reuters, the latter seems determined to be much more intransigent on the application of CAATSA legislation than his predecessor, even when important contracts are at stake for the American defense industry. By clarifying this, Joe Biden's new team naturally puts pressure directly on New Delhi which, until now, had always considered that the acquisition of US-made defense equipment, such as the P8 Poseidon or the AH64 Apache, was enough to counterbalance India's historical proximity to the Russian defense industry.
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