On Geopolitics

How Washington's CAATSA Threat Could Backfire

Omar Lamrani
Senior Military Analyst, Stratfor
Dec 12, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Missiles manufactured by Lockheed Martin are displayed during the Association of the United States Army's annual meeting and exposition in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 13, 2014.

Missiles manufactured by Lockheed Martin are displayed during the Association of the United States Army's annual meeting and exposition in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 13, 2014. The United States' threats to sanction third countries for buying Russian arms could backfire.

(JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

In the competition to sell arms around the world, the United States and Russia are on a collision course. And in this battle, the former happens to have a trick up its sleeve: the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a law that gives Washington the ability to impose...

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