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Indian experts say US sanctions against India are unlikely at the start of the delivery of the advanced missile defense system, Russian media reported.

Implementing a 2018 deal for Russia to supply India with S-400 air defense missile systems could put India at risk of US sanctions.

Russia has begun delivering the first of the S-400s to India, Russian news agencies reported Sunday, citing Dmitry Shugayev, head of the Russian military cooperation agency, who said the first S-400 unit will have arrived. in India by the end of this year.

The $ 5.5 billion deal involved five long-range surface-to-air missile systems, which India says it needs to counter a threat from China.

India could face a series of financial sanctions from the United States under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which names Russia as an opponent alongside North Korea and Iran for its actions against the Ukraine, interference in the 2016 US elections and aid to Syria.

New Delhi says it has a strategic partnership with both the United States and Russia, while Washington said it has not yet decided whether it will grant India a CAATSA waiver for the S-400s.

How likely are the penalties?

Security analyst Ajai Shukla told Al Jazeera: “US sanctions against India under CAATSA are unlikely given the close defense relations between Washington and New Delhi.

“In addition, the Indian military does not use the most sensitive US military platforms, such as the F-35 joint attack fighter, whose safety could be compromised by proximity to S-400 batteries.”

“Most likely, therefore, it is the granting of a waiver by the United States to India. The United States Congress has legislated such a waiver that can be granted by the President of the United States. “

Last year the United States imposed sanctions – citing CAATSA – on NATO ally Turkey for the acquisition of Russian S-400 missiles. The sanctions targeted Turkey’s main defense procurement and development body, the Defense Industries Presidency.

Washington also removed Turkey from an F-35 stealth fighter program, the most advanced aircraft in the US arsenal, used by NATO members and other US allies.

Russia said it offered Turkey its help in developing advanced fighter jets, but no agreement has been reached so far.

“We are still in a negotiation phase on this project,” RIA Shugayev news agency said Sunday.

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