Moscow and Beijing warned the Trump administration it was “playing with fire” after the US imposed a new round of sanctions on China and Russia, deepening mistrust of Washington in both capitals.
Ties between Russia and China have vastly expanded to include energy deals, cross-border investments and defence co-operation and have picked up speed this year amid attacks on both countries by President Donald Trump. Washington on Thursday imposed sanctions on a branch of China’s military apparatus for buying fighter jets and surface-to-air missiles from Russia, which it said was in violation of measures imposed on Moscow to punish it for alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
It also added 33 Russians to a list of people barred from making significant military transactions. Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, said sanctions are futile and have “turned into a kind of national entertainment” for the US, noting that Thursday’s announcement marked the 60th anti-Russian measure since 2011.
Media reports on 21 September 2018 state that after China recently bought 10 Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 missiles the US reported China had contravened US sanctions on Moscow regarding Russian actions in Ukraine and the alleged interference in US politics. China has reacted, saying the US must withdraw the sanctions implemented after their arms purchases of face the consequences.