USA sanctions Chinese military for buying Russian weapons

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"As to other potential recipients of the S-400, we haven't made any determinations yet with respect to what to do about those, but 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", the senior administration official said on September 20.

But India overtook China as the biggest buyer of Russian weapons in 2005 and today the Chinese military is third on the list, also behind Egypt.

The sanctions block the Chinese agency from applying for export licenses and from participating in foreign exchange transactions under US jurisdictions.

China bought S-400 missiles and 10 Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets from Russian Federation, and has refused to join the US and its allies in imposing sanctions on Russian Federation over its actions in Ukraine and in USA politics.

Sergei Ryabkov, deputy foreign minister, warned that the USA was "playing with fire". "We strongly urge the USA side to immediately correct the mistake and rescind the so-called sanctions, otherwise the USA side will necessarily bear responsibility for the consequences", he added.

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. "Playing with fire is silly, it can become unsafe".

While being added to the blacklist does not trigger sanctions, anyone doing business with a blacklisted person or entity could face penalties like those imposed on China. Some of these people were among those indicted by special counsel Robert Muller for allegedly meddling in the USA election.

Russian Federation on Friday called a new wave of USA sanctions misguided, saying Washington's habit of using sanctions against Moscow risked undermining global stability and was part of a risky game.

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

"Sanctions are used as a weapon of unfair competition - all of this we perfectly remember from the situation with the Nord Stream 2", Senator Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the Russian Upper House Committee for International Relations, said.

China's Foreign Ministry asked the U.S.to reconsider the sanctions.

Peskov called the new sanctions hostile and unpredictable, but did not say how Russian Federation would respond.

China has "normal" military exchanges and cooperation with Russian Federation, aimed at protecting regional peace and stability, which is not against worldwide law or aimed at any third party, Geng added.

The two sides have already imposed tariffs on $50 billion in goods from each country.

"Caatsa sanctions in this context are not meant to undermine the defence capabilities of any particular country" but are "aimed at imposing costs on Russian Federation in response to its malign activities".

CAATSA, or the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, was passed in 2017 as a tool that gives Washington more ways to target Russia, Iran and North Korea with economic and political sanctions.

"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", the United States official added.

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