Provisions of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA)

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Washington:, May 25, 2018 14:10 IST
Updated: May 25, 2018 14:10 IST


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged the Congress to provide the necessary waiver so that its sanctions on Russia under CAATSA does not impact countries for which it is not intended for.

Provisions of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) threaten Pakistan and several other close friends and allies of the Russian Federation with sanctions.

CAATSA is a U.S. federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, China and Russia. It includes sanctions against countries that engage in significant transactions with Russia’s defence and intelligence sectors.

Pakistan is planning to purchase five S-400 Triumf air defence systems for around $4.5 billion from Russia, which U.S. officials say could be considered as a significant military purchase.

“Will you make a commitment that you’ll help [Defence] Secretary [Jim] Mattis get the waivers that he needs in order to make sure that these sanctions don’t hit folks that were not intended to be harmed by these sanctions?” Pompeo asked Senator Robert Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a Congressional hearing on Thursday.

Mr. Pompeo was referring to the letter written by Mr. Mattis to the Congress in which he has sought waiver for certain countries from CAATSA legislation, which was signed into law by the U.S. President Donald Trump in August 2017.

Under this any significant purchase of military equipment from Russia would attract American sanctions.

Mr. Mattis recently wrote a letter to the Congress seeking waiver for certain provisions.

“I know it’s not my day to ask questions, but it is my day to ask for things that I think we need,” Mr. Pompeo said.

Mr. Menendez, a strong advocate of CAATSA sanctions, urged Mr. Pompeo to go ahead with the sanctions. He remained non-committal to waiver move.

“I have to see the specifics of what Secretary Mattis wants,” said the Democratic Senator from New Jersey.

“I also have to say, if we’re going to allow countries that are sanctioned, because we believe in the sanctions policy, and they want to get off the hook because there’s some other benefit, well then we begin to erode the sanction policies and we pick and choose. And other countries will seek the same questions. I’m open to listen to it. But it has to follow, in essence, what our policy is trying to achieve,” Mr. Menendez added.
 

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Attempts being made in US to secure waiver powers to white house. they are currently no waiver provisions.

 

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I hope there are no waivers. India needs to simply tell these mofos to fuck off. They have lost in Syria and soon will be irrelevant in afghanistan.
 

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I hope there are no waivers. India needs to simply tell these mofos to fuck off. They have lost in Syria and soon will be irrelevant in afghanistan.
yep why should india comply with other countries laws. we should stop importing every thing from usa and start widening options in EU,russia there are lots of options available than usa but our babaus dont understand....
 

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yep why should india comply with other countries laws. we should stop importing every thing from usa and start widening options in EU,russia there are lots of options available than usa but our babaus dont understand....
The trade between the US and India is skewed in our favour. Doing what you say runs the risk of the US doing exactly the same thing, i.e. stop importing from India. Makes zero sense, we must safeguard our interests but part of that is safeguarding our economic interests. We must do what we have to do without damaging our interests with the US.
 

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Attempts being made in US to secure waiver powers to white house. they are currently no waiver provisions.

This just shows that none of their laws have any meaning, nor should we give them any meaning. Negotiate everything on a case by case basis. When they want to make a waiver, they make an amendment to the law. When they don't, they say that "well..the law doesn't allow us to send David Headley to India".
 
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This just shows that none of their laws have any meaning, nor should we give them any meaning. They negotiate everything on a case by case basis. When they want to make a waiver, they make an amendment to the law. When they don't, they say that "well..the law doesn't allow us to send David Headley to India".
American foreign policy was always in a mess wrt India, it’s just that our brown sepoys did not allow us to realise that earlier.

We have to thank Internet and SM for making us independent of brown sepoys.

Even now many in our country feel about americans is some super duper intellectual chaps working in WH or congress, the more accurate word to describe them would be “hustler”.
 

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I feel that some of you don't understand diplomacy. Making America to amend their laws for us doesn't mean neither they nor us are week, but they want us more. This might come with a price say, no more oil from Iran(I could be wrong too).

India has patiently waited till CAASTA is sorted. Aim of India was to buy S-400, not to pick a fight with America. If one understand the difference, then they would not bitch about waiting for CAASTA.

Yes, Indian priorites are far more important than anything else. But that doesn't mean to pick fight with everyone you meet on the street.

Some of you advocating about following other countries laws, why don't you think this way "Indian authorities confirmed their american counterpart that they're going to by S-400, but will give enough time to American govt to bring exceptions in CAASTA, thus both winning. After all no one wants to open another front especially if they're in thick fight with China on Trade war."

Thus I rest my case.
 

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Ultimatums can work only on tiny nations like panama or poland or something, not for big ones like india, russia, china. Better for the US to realize this.

I don't think we re ever going to stop oil from iran or weapons from Russia just because US feels uneasy, that's not gonna happen.

After Iraq, Iran is the largest supplier of crude to India.
 

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Ultimatums can work only on tiny nations like panama or poland or something, not for big ones like india, russia, china. Better for the US to realize this.

I don't think we re ever going to stop oil from iran or weapons from Russia just because US feels uneasy, that's not gonna happen.

After Iraq, Iran is the largest supplier of crude to India.
We have to consider the fact that most of these ultimatums come because there is very little understanding about India within US policy makers.

And as I keep saying our brown sepoys do very little to help the situation.
 

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