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U.S. Defense Chief Urges Congress To Allow Waivers Of Russian Sanctions

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is calling on Congress to exempt some countries from being penalized by sanctions the United States is imposing on Russia's military. In a statement released on July 20, Mattis said Russia should pay a price for its “aggressive, destabilizing behavior,” but the punishment shouldn’t apply to U.S. allies or other countries where Washington is cultivating ties. Mattis' move comes amid growing concern about imposing sanctions on India and other Asian countries where Washington is trying to establish closer relations but which have a past history of purchasing arms from Russia. India, in particular, is the world's top defense importer, and has purchased Russian military hardware and expertise for decades. Recently, it has been in talks with Moscow to buy S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems............

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