US Sanctions Russian Intelligence, Military Officials

US slaps Chinese arms procurer with sanctions for buying advanced Russian weapons

Reuters

The sanctions will deny EDD any foreign export licences, prohibit it from making foreign exchange transactions within U.S. jurisdiction or using the United States financial system, and block its property and interests within USA control. He also noted that cooperation between Beijing and Moscow is subject to the rules of worldwide law and has a positive impact on the global and regional situation, not being directed against third parties.

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman accused Washington of playing unfairly and using new measures to squeeze Moscow out of the global arms market, after the United States slapped sanctions on China for buying Russian warplanes and missiles and threatened to target its other clients.

Despite China being named in the measures, "the ultimate target of these sanctions is Russian Federation", a senior Trump administration official said Thursday.

Turkey is in talks to buy S-400 missile systems from Russian Federation.

"It would be nice to also recall the notion of global stability that they mindlessly rocking a heightening of tension in Russian-American relations".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also expanded that blacklist Thursday, adding the names of 33 Russians to bring the total roster to 72 people.

The State Department said EDD was involved in Russia's transfer of Su-35 combat aircraft and S-400 surface-to-air missile system-related equipment. "This is for the first time that the U.S. has sanctioned anyone under Section 231 of CAATSA, which focuses upon those who engage in significant transactions with entities that appear on the LSP", the official said.

China has made a harsh representation to the US States over the sanctions against it.

Washington has expressed concern that Turkey's planned deployment of the S-400s could pose a risk to the security of some USA -made weapons and other technology used by Turkey, including the F-35 fighter jet.

"The ultimate target of these sanctions is Russian Federation".

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov issued a statement saying the US appeared to consider slapping sanctions on Russia a new national pastime, and dismissing their efficacy.

What did China do to earn these sanctions?

In addition, China is looking at joint equipment development and marketing with Russian Federation.

But he said it was far more likely Beijing would chose to develop weapons systems alone because it has yet to build sufficient trust with Moscow for major partnership.

USA officials have been discussing the issue particularly with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey, which wants to buy the Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries.

"This is a significant step", the administration official said.

"We have made it very clear to them that these -- that systems like the S-400 are a system of key concern with potential CAATSA implications".

Similar action against other countries would be considered, Washington added.

U.S. officials have warned that Turkey's purchase of the system could contravene CAATSA.

Asia is the most important foreign market for Russian arms producers, reportedly accounting for 70% of their exports since 2000.

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