Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

From buyer to partner - China’s changing weapons ties with Russian Federation

From buyer to partner - China’s changing weapons ties with Russian Federation

"Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a press conference on Friday: "(The sanctions) have severely violated the basic norms of global relations and damaged the relations between the two countries and two militaries.

President of the United States of America Donald Trump has issued an Order to ensure the full implementation of the imposed sanctions against legal entities and individuals from the Russian Federation, introduced among others things due to aggression in Ukraine.

The State Department also announced it was placing 33 Russian intelligence and military-linked actors on its sanctions blacklist.

As part of Thursday's announcement, the US also added 33 names to a list of people who could trigger sanctions for their ties to the Russian military.

What did China do to earn these sanctions?

"We strongly urge the U.S.to immediately correct their mistake and withdraw their so-called sanctions, otherwise the USA will have to bear the consequences".

"The ultimate target of these sanctions is Russian Federation", a senior administration official told journalists.

China's Equipment Development Department (EDD) and its head, Li Shangfu, are sanctioned for completing "significant transactions" with Russia's state arms exporter, Rosoboronexport.

The sanctions relate to China's recent purchase of 10 Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 missiles, according to BBC.

Trump has insisted there was no collusion with Russian Federation.

Given that the delivery of the S-400 systems is not expected for many years, the Trump administration may choose to ignore the conclusion of a sales agreement between the two countries next month and postpone any political sensitive decision that may detrimentally impact India-U.S. relations for the time being.


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

"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".

The sanctions block the Chinese agency from applying for export licenses and from participating in foreign exchange transactions under USA jurisdictions. "They are instead aimed at imposing costs upon Russian Federation in response to its malign activities".

"The possession of this of this military equipment is very important for China", he added.

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".

"Each new round of sanctions proves our foe's complete lack of success in pressuring Russian Federation with previous such attempts", Ryabkov said according to the Reuters news agency.

Turkey, which is embroiled in a dispute with Washington over the detention of a USA pastor, is in talks to buy S-400 missile systems from Russian Federation.

Putin's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, seen in April, said Friday it's hard to keep up with the increasing sanction notices from the US administration.

"This is a significant step", a senior administration official told reporters.

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.

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