Breaking: US to forbid Russia from selling S-400 air defense systems to other countries
17 March, 2018
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:14 A.M.) – A caucus of American lawmakers led by one Senator Bob Menendez have sent an official request to the US Department of State recommending sanction measures against Russia for any future sale of high-end S-400 air defense systems to other countries.
The policy initiative has pointed to a technicality in the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (2017) arguing that the sale of strategic game-changing weapons (such as the S-400) by countries like Russia to other nations can be met with sanction action as a form of punishment.
The development comes as the armed forces of Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar (hiterto exclusive buyers of Western military equipment) are in talks with Russia for the purchase of S-400 systems.
Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar aside, the sale of S-400s to traditional buyers of Russian military hardware like China and India also now serves to provoke US concerns and the need by certain authorities in Washington to want to impose some kind of punishment.