China warns US to withdraw sanctions on military


The US Department of State in a statement said the actions were not meant to "undermine the military capabilities or combat readiness of any country".

"It would be good for them to also recall the notion of global stability, which they recklessly upset by whipping up tensions in Russian-US relations", Ryabkov said, warning, "It's foolish to play with fire, because things could get risky".

The expansion of the Russian blacklist also represents an endorsement of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 vote by the special counsel Robert Mueller, which Donald Trump has repeatedly denounced as a "witch-hunt". "They are instead aimed at imposing costs on Russian Federation in response to its malign activities, and of course those malign activities are many", the official said.

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

Moscow said Friday Washington's latest raft of anti-Russian sanctions that also target China undermined global stability, warning the United States against "playing with fire".

China has "normal" military exchanges and cooperation with Russian Federation, aimed at protecting regional peace and stability, which is not against global law or aimed at any third party, Geng added. "I am sure that these contracts will be executed in line with the schedule", said Franz Klintsevich, according to BBC.

The sanctions target China's Equipment Development Department (EDD) and its director, Li Shangfu, and have increased tensions between Washington and Beijing amid an escalating trade dispute.

However, a politician in Moscow said the sanctions would not affect Russian sales of military weapons to other countries.

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Song Zhongping, a Beijing-based military expert, said Russian weapons had become less attractive to China, but the two countries would still work together on developing military technology.

The Trump administration is pursuing strategies to clamp down on China and faces growing pressure to respond strongly to USA intelligence agency reports that Russian Federation is continuing to meddle in US politics. Turkey has been warned by the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation that there could be consequences for its planned deployment of Russia's S-400 missile defence system.

Members of Congress, including many of Trump's fellow Republicans, who passed the sanctions bill almost unanimously, have repeatedly called on the administration to take a harder line against Moscow.

The official declined to answer if the USA would take similar action if Russian Federation delivers S400 missiles to other countries such as Turkey, which is in talks to buy them.

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

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.

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

"We will continue to vigorously implement CAATSA and urge all countries to curtail relationships with Russia's defense and intelligence sectors, both of which are linked to malign activities worldwide", the State Department said.