Amendment to exempt India from US sanctions on trade with Russia passed

ISLAMABAD, July 16 (Alliance News): The US House of Representatives has approved a legislative amendment that would protect India from punitive sanctions for buying missiles from Russia.

According to foreign media, the India-related amendment passed on Thursday still needs to pass the Senate before being signed by President Joe Biden.

Introduced by Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna, the amendment urges the Biden administration to exempt India from the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CATSA), which imposes immediate sanctions against New Delhi on arms purchases from Moscow.

The amendment aims to require such exemptions to curb China’s influence in the region.

The amendment was previously approved by oral vote as part of an en bloc amendment during the consideration of the US defense bill for 2023.

The US sees India as an important ally in its efforts to counter China’s growing global influence and has included it in the so-called ‘Quad’ alliance, which aims to counter China in the Pacific region. have to contend with.

Enacted by the US Congress in 2017, the CASTA law provides for punitive actions against any country involved in transactions with the Russian defense and intelligence sectors.

Casta became a flashpoint in India-US relations after New Delhi signed a deal to acquire the S-400 missile defense system from Moscow during the Russia-Ukraine war.

India has also violated US sanctions on buying oil from Russia.

In May, Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, pointed out in a congressional hearing that India buys oil from Russia, they buy the S-400 (anti-missile system), at the United Nations (criticism of Russia). on votes) and yet they have not been punished for these violations.

However, Man Ro Khanna, who is the vice-chairman of the India Caucus in the US Congress, urged Washington to ‘stand with India in the face of China’s growing aggression’.

On the other hand, Reuters news agency reported this week that India’s oil imports from Russia reached a record level of about 950,000 barrels per day in June.

The report added that India shipped nearly 4.8 million barrels per day of oil in June, up nearly 23 percent from a year ago.

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