China, Russia slam US over sanctions related to their military transactions

US hits China with sanctions for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles

It was the first time a third country has been punished under the CAATSA sanctions legislation for dealing with Russian Federation, signalling Donald Trump's readiness to risk relations with other countries over Moscow.

The United States will never be able to dictate its terms to Russia by using sanctions, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov vowed in a comment published on the Foreign Ministry's website on Friday.

They block the Chinese agency, and Li, from applying for export licences and participating in the US financial system.

On Thursday, the US State Department said Chinese purchases of SU-35 aircraft and S-400 surface-to-air missiles breached a US sanctions law targeting Russian Federation over its alleged meddling in the 2016 US election and actions in Ukraine.

The State Department also announced it was placing 33 Russian intelligence and military-linked actors on its sanctions blacklist.

"We strongly urge the USA to immediately correct their mistake and withdraw their so-called sanctions, otherwise the USA will have to bear the consequences", Geng warned.

The punitive measures are part of China-related "hysteria", over Beijing's ever-growing economy, which is now sweeping Washington, author and historian Gerald Horne believes.

US hits China with sanctions for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles
China urges US to withdraw sanctions or face 'consequences'

All of them - defence related firms, officers of the GRU military intelligence agency, and people associated with the Saint Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency disinformation group - have been on previous U.S. sanctions lists. "Playing with fire is silly, it can become risky". Some of these people were among those indicted by special counsel Robert Muller for allegedly meddling in the US election.

A Russian MP said the United States sanctions will have no impact on the sales of its fighter jets and missiles.

Peskov called the new sanctions hostile and unpredictable, but did not say how Russian Federation would respond. "We will work with Russia to implement the consensus reached by two leaders and move forward our strategic coordination", he said referring to the close ties between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Turkey has been warned by the US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation that there could be consequences for its planned deployment of Russia's S-400 missile defence system. The escalation has already resulted in reciprocal tariffs on billions of dollars-worth of goods and open disputes at the WTO. We took these actions because China took delivery of 10 Sukhoi fighter aircraft, specifically Su-25s, in December of 2017, after the CAATSA statute came into force.

China's foreign ministry demanded the US cancel the measure, as Moscow also lambasted the sanctions and warned that the Trump administration was "playing with fire".

"Today's actions are not meant to undermine the military capabilities or combat readiness of any country", the State Department said in a statement, "but rather to impose costs on Russian Federation in response to its interference in the United States election process, its unacceptable behavior in eastern Ukraine, and other malign activities".

However, he said, "You can be confident that we have spent an enormous amount of time talking about prospective purchases of things such as S-400s and Sukhois with people all around the world who may have been interested in such things and some who may still be".

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