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China 'outraged' by USA sanctions over Russian weapons buy

22 September 2018

India and Russian Federation signed an agreement in 2016 to buy the "Triumf" S-400 missile system in 2016 but the United States law CAATSA (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) could be a hurdle.

The sanctions are related to China's purchase of 10 SU-35 combat aircraft in 2017 and S-400 surface-to-air missile system-related equipment in 2018, the State Department said.

Peskov called the new sanctions hostile and unpredictable but did not say how Russian Federation would respond. "Otherwise, the US has to bear the consequences".

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, however, said the sanctions "seriously violated the basic norms of worldwide relations and seriously damaged the relations between China and the United States", NBC News reports.

China's EDD and its director Li Shangfu became targets after taking delivery over the past year of the jets and missiles from Rosoboronexport, Russia's main arms exporter already on the USA blacklist for its support of Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria.

The Act allows United States government to impose sanctions on military deals with Russian Federation and mandates the Donald Trump administration to punish entities engaging in significant transaction with the defence or intelligence establishment of Russian Federation. CAATSA sanctions in this context are not meant to undermine the defense capabilities of any particular country. When he reluctantly signed the legislation into effect, US President Donald Trump also said the bill was "seriously flawed".

Countries including India and Turkey have decried that it violates their ability to make prudent decisions about military procurement, while officials in the European Union have raised concerns about how the sanctions could affect gas pipeline projects with Russian Federation.

The two countries will launch new tariffs on Monday, with Washington targeting $200 billion in Chinese exports and Beijing hitting $60 billion worth of American products.