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Deliveries of Russian S-400 to India will cause a new headache for Biden

The implementation of the deal on the transfer of five Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to India will cause a new headache for US President Joe Biden. This opinion was shared by Politico columnist Paul McLeary.

According to him, Washington has long been concerned about the agreement between India and Russia on weapons, but on the eve of the planned supplies to the Indian side, the White House will have to look for a way out of this situation.

McLeary believes that the main problem is the law "On Countering America's Adversaries", which provides for the imposition of sanctions against states that have concluded major arms supply deals with Russia. This includes the idea of India— one of the main allies of the United States in the region, and Washington's reaction to the deals between Moscow and New Delhi will show other countries what they should expect when concluding such agreements, the article says.

According to the journalist, the main question is whether the United States will eventually impose new sanctions.

"Another reason the Biden administration will have to work on this issue with Congress is so that this sword of Damocles does not hang over our relations (with partners) for the next 5-10 years," said Samir Lalwani, senior researcher and director of the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center.

In 2018, Russia and India signed a contract for the supply of five regimental sets of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems worth more than $5 billion.

Earlier it was reported that Russia has completed state tests of the new-generation S-500 Prometheus anti-aircraft missile system.

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