New Delhi (Sputnik): Hours after India and Russia concluded the S-400 Triumf air defense systems deal, the US responded that it cannot prejudge the sanctions against India, while at the same time reiterated that the Countering America's Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) is not intended to impose damage to the military capabilities of allies.
"The waiver authority is not for a blanket waiver. It is transaction-specific… Waivers of CAATSA Section 231 will be considered on a transaction-by-transaction basis. We can't prejudge any sanctions decisions," a statement issued by the US embassy in New Delhi reads.
"The deal is in the national interest and S-400 deal negotiation precedes CAATSA by a long period. The government has taken the decision in the national interest," the Indian official, who asked to remain anonymous, told Sputnik.
Sources told Sputnik that the $5.4 billion deal does not involve the transfer of technology or defense assets, and that a maintenance facility will be set up in India. Russia will also help to integrate the S-400 with India's domestically-produced Akash surface-to-air missile system.