President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that India “will soon find out” about his decision on the punitive CAATSA sanctions after India signed a $5 billion deal to purchase the much-vaunted S-400 air defence system from Russia.
India signed a multibillion deal on the purchase of S-400 air defense missile systems with Russian President Vladimir Putin in defiance of US sanctions threat. The system is expected to be delivered by 2020.
Under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act or CAATSA sanctions, which was amended early this year, only Trump has the authority for the presidential waiver to India on weapons deal with sanctions-hit Russia.
Trump while interacting with reporters in the Oval Office of the White House, said, “India will find out. Aren’t they?” “India is going to find out,” he reiterated in response to India specific question.
Asked when, he said, “You will see. Sooner than you think.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also in the room when Trump answered the question on CAATSA sanctions. Pompeo was scheduled to meet the president later.