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Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA)

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  • July 8, 2020
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Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA)

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II and III – Role of international organizations; Security issues

What is CAATSA?

  • CAATSA, which came into effect from January 2018; enables the U.S. government to punish entities engaging in significant transaction with the defence or intelligence sectors of Russia, Iran or North Korea.

The law is designed to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for the

  • 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine
  • Involvement in the Syrian civil war
  • Meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election

In news

  • Recently, we read about Defence Acquisition Council approving the procurement of 21 MiG-29 fighter jets and upgrading 59 of these Russian aircraft and the acquisition of 12 Su-30 MKI aircraft.
  • India has also planned to purchase the S-400 Triumf missile defence system from Russia for about $5 billion.
  • The above deals could attract CAATSA sanctions. 
  • CAATSA law provides for punitive action against countries purchasing defence hardware from Russia.

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