Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

China, Russia warn U.S. to withdraw sanctions on military

China, Russia warn U.S. to withdraw sanctions on military

The Trump administration said such buying breach U.S. sanctions on Moscow imposed over Russian action in Ukraine in 2014.

Collin Koh, a security analyst at Singapore's S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said the sanctions would do little to counter the evolving research and development relationship between China and Russian Federation.

The letter notes that the U.S. President, in fulfillment of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, issued an Executive Order to implement additional steps on previously imposed sanctions against Russian Federation for violating Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Pompeo, in consultation with Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, imposed sanctions on the Chinese military's Equipment Development Department and its director, Li Shangfu, for purchasing Su-35 combat aircraft and a S-400 surface-to-air missile system from Russian Federation.

A senior USA administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, insisted the ultimate target was Russian Federation.

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.

The US action violated the basic principles of global relations, the ministry of foreign affairs (MFA), Geng Shuang said.

The U.S. State Department said it would immediately impose sanctions on China's Equipment Development Department, which oversees defense technology, and its director, Li Shangfu, for engaging in "significant transactions" with Rosoboronexport, Russia's main arms exporter.

United in their resentment of America's global influence, China and Russian Federation have sought in recent years to tighten up their ties and this month conducted week-long joint military drills, Moscow's largest ever war games.

Sergei Ryabkov, deputy foreign minister, warned that the USA was "playing with fire".

"We will do everything to stop being dependent on the countries who behave toward their partners in this way", Lavrov said on a visit to Sarajevo.

"It would be good for them to remember there is such a concept as global stability which they are thoughtlessly undermining by whipping up tensions in Russian-American ties", said Ryabkov. "Playing with fire is stupid and can become risky".

Security analysts in Asia said the move was largely symbolic and would only push Moscow and Beijing closer together.

The List of Specified Persons is a list of people or entities that the State Department has determined are either part of "or operating for or on behalf of, the defense or intelligence sectors of the Government of the Russian Federation".

The sanctions trigger a ban on the individuals from entering the U.S., forbids them from transactions with the United States financial system and blocks all property that is within USA jurisdiction.

The purchase violated a 2017 law meant to punish the government of President Vladimir Putin for interfering in USA elections and other activities.

A senior administration official said: "The ultimate target of these sanctions is Russian Federation".

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 USA official added.

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