Washington first imposed a sanction on a foreign company buying arms from Russia.
With the punishment, the US government hit a Chinese company on Thursday, which purchased equipment for hunting bombers and air defense systems.
The sanctions concern the Chinese Equipment Development Department (EDD), a defense industry agency and leader, Li Sang-fu, who deals with defense technology. According to the US government, the company purchased SZU-35 heavy hunting bombers and S-400 anti-aircraft equipment from Russia’s largest arms exporter Roszoboronexport and violated the comprehensive US sanctions against Russia at the end of 2017.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the measure was taken on the basis of a decree issued by President Donald Trump, in consultation with the Ministry of Finance and based on the law passed by the US Congress in 2017 and will come into force immediately.
The US administration also added 33 companies and individuals to the sanction list of the 2017 law, or who are or are working with Russian military or intelligence organizations.
In its statement, the ministry stated that punitive measures “are not intended to undermine the military capabilities or combat skills of certain countries, but Russia’s financial punishment for the United States’ election process, its unacceptable behavior in Eastern Ukraine, and other malicious activities.”
The Comprehensive Sanctions Act (CAATSA) voted at the end of 2017 in the US legislature in response to the 2016 US election process and Moscow’s involvement in Ukraine.