Saudi Arabia fears USA sanctions for buying Russian missile defence system

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

China has bought Russian Su-35 fighter jets in defiance of U.S. sanctions against the Russian Federation.

China on Saturday summoned the U.S. ambassador to lodge an official protest over sanctions imposed by Washington on a Chinese military unit for purchasing advanced fighter jets and missile systems from Russian Federation, according to a media report. The U.S. says China is in breach of sanctions Washington imposed on Moscow over Russia's role in Ukraine and its alleged interference in U.S. politics.

The Foreign Ministry said that it had summoned Ambassador Terry Branstad.

While the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang on Friday expressed outrage and asked Washington to revoke the decision or face consequences, China's military today expressed indignation over the move.

On Thursday, the US State Department imposed sanctions against Beijing's defense procurement agency, the Equipment Development Department (EED), for its "significant transactions" with Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport.

The Chinese ministry responded to the tariffs, stating: "The Chinese side has made the decision to immediately call back People's Liberation Army Navy head, Shen Jinlong, who was taking part in the 23rd International Seapower Symposium and planned to make a visit to the U.S.".

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The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that while there was no confirmed meeting between the United States and China, the two countries "remain in touch". "Both of those systems are extremely sophisticated and very high value".

The communist state bought Russian SU-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missiles.

Russia has deployed S-400s in Syria, according to official Russian news media, and United States officials have been discussing the interest other nations, particularly North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey, have expressed in buying the system.

Huang said China would immediately recall Shen Jinlong, a Chinese navy commander now in the USA attending a symposium, and would postpone a meeting scheduled for September 25-27 in Beijing about a communication mechanism. "We hope it will be paid attention to because ... our goal is to prevent these types of transactions", he added.

The US sanctions will block the EED and its director, Li Shangfu, from applying for export licences and participating in the US financial system.

The US move was "a flagrant breach of basic rules of global relations" and a "stark show of hegemonism".

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