Us House Of Representatives Approves Ro Khanna Amendment On Caatsa
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The US House of Representatives has given its approval to the resolution brought in support of India by US MP Ro Khanna. The House of Representatives with a majority passed a resolution to amend the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by Ro Khanna.
Actually, Ro Khanna had demanded exemption for India from the restrictions under the CAATSA Act. Under this law, the US takes preventive measures against the purchase of weapons from its rival countries. The US imposes sanctions under CAATSA on countries that have transactions with Iran, North Korea or Russia. Despite the House of Representatives’ approval, the proposal is no longer part of the law. To give it legal recognition, the motion has to be passed in both houses of the US Parliament.
The threat from China was cited
The US is considering action under the CTSA Act due to India’s purchase of the S-500 missile defense system from Russia. Taking India’s side in this matter, Ro Khanna had said that India needs heavy Russian weapon systems for its defense needs. Therefore, he should be given exemption from restrictions under CAATSA. Given the close partnership between Russia and China, it would be in the best interest of the US-India defense partnership to deter aggressors. In fact, India signed a $5.43 billion deal with Russia in October 2018 for 5 squadrons of S-400 air defense systems.