United States President Donald Trump has announced that the US would not sell the F-35 fighter jets to Turkey after Ankara purchased the S-400 missile defence system from sanctions-hit Russia.
The decision by the Trump Administration against a major NATO ally could be an indication for India as it has also signed up with Russia to buy the S-400 missile defence system against the advice of the US.
India inked an agreement with Russia in October last year to procure a batch of the S-400 missile systems at a cost of Rs 40,000 crore. In June, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told his US counterpart Mike Pompeo that India will go by its national interest on S-400 missile defence deal with sanctions-hit Russia.
Under current US laws, any country purchasing a major defence equipment from Russia could be subjected to American sanctions. However, US Congress has made amendments in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for a Presidential waiver.
Many in India believe that this Presidential waiver was for India but US officials had clarified that there was no blanket sanction waiver for any country.
Turkey, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) received the first batch of the Russian missile defence system last Friday despite repeated warnings from the US against the purchase. (AIR NEWS)