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US senators introduce bill to exempt India from sanctions over Russia deal, citing China

US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) heads to the Senate floor for a vote at the US Capitol in Washington, US, Oct. 28, 2021. REUTERS/Al Drago

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (Reuters) – Three Republican US senators on Friday said they had introduced legislation to exempt India from sanctions for the purchase of a Russian S400 missile defense system, citing the importance of working with allies to stand up to ​against China.

The bill, from Senators Ted Cruz, Todd Young and Roger Marshall, would create a 10-year exemption for member states of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue — Australia, Japan and India — from sanctions imposed by CAATSA, a sweeping 2017 law intended to who did business with, among others, the Russian army.

The bill added to calls in Congress to waive sanctions on India.

Republican Senator John Cornyn and Democratic Senator Mark Warner wrote to Biden on Tuesday calling for an exemption on grounds of national security and broader cooperation. read more

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Leslie Adler

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