China vows 'consequences' over United States sanctions on Russian weapons purchase

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This is the first time Trump administration targeted a third country with its Caatsa sanctions, created to punish Russian Federation for its seizure of Crimea and other activities.

The Chinese government expressed anger on Friday and demanded the withdrawal of Trump administration sanctions laid a day earlier on its military for purchases made in Russian Federation.

Moscow said Washington was rocking global stability and said sarcastically that placing sanctions on Russian Federation has become Washington's favourite "pastime". The agency and director Li have been added to a Blocked Persons List.

This year's U.S. National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) grants the Trump administration authority to waive mandatory sanctions under CAATSA in certain circumstances pertaining to Russian legacy military systems that costs less than $15 million.

The United States is "playing with fire", Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said, while Beijing voiced "strong indignation" over the move.

Mr. Peskov said that "Washington's continued sanctions hysterics" dealt a new blow to the U.S. -Russia ties but could not immediately say if Moscow would retaliate, or how.

"It would be not bad if they remembered about the concept of global stability which they are unthinkingly undermining by whipping up tensions in Russia-U.S. relations". "Playing with fire is silly, it can become 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".

"China bought 24 Su-35s because the People's Liberation Army needs long-range fighter jets to deploy in the South China Sea", Zhou said.

"As to other potential recipients of the S-400, we haven't made any determinations yet with respect to what to do about those, but 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", an administration official told journalists on background.

Peskov called the new sanctions hostile and unpredictable, but did not say how Russian Federation would respond.

The two sides have already imposed tariffs on $50 billion in goods from each country. "It is amusing but it is so", he said, adding that this was 60th round of anti-Russia measures by the U.S. since 2011.

"Today's actions are not meant to undermine the military capabilities or combat readiness of any country", the State Department said in a statement, "but rather to impose costs on Russian Federation in response to its interference in the United States election process, its unacceptable behavior in eastern Ukraine, and other malign activities".

"We strongly call on the USA to remedy the mistake and cancel the 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.

Beijing's furious response comes amid a raging trade war kicked off by Washington.

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

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