WASHINGTON: The United States cannot guarantee that it will provide India a waiver from sanctions if it purchases major weapon and defence systems from Russia, a top Pentagon official said on Wednesday, ahead of a high-level dialogue between Washington and New Delhi.
The United States has imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia, under which any country engaged with its defence and intelligence sectors could face secondary U.S. sanctions. However, a new defence bill gives the president the authority to grant waivers in case of national security interests.
Randall Schriver, the Pentagon`s top Asia official, said there was an "impression that we are going to completely protect the India relationship, insulate India from any fallout from this legislation no matter what they do." Media reports from the region have suggested that India would get a waiver.