Sukhoi Su-35 multi-role fighters of the Sokoly Rossii (Falcons of Russia) aerobatic team fly in formation during a demonstration flight at the MAKS 2017 air show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, July 21, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Moscow and Beijing lashed out Friday at Washington's new anti-Russian sanctions that also target China for the first time, warning the United States could face consequences.Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman accused Washington of playing unfairly and using new measures to squeeze Moscow out of the global arms market, after the U.S. slapped sanctions on China for buying Russian warplanes and missiles and threatened to target its other clients.Peskov said that "Washington's continued sanctions hysterics" dealt a new blow to U.S.-Russia ties but could not immediately say if Moscow would retaliate, or how.Washington Thursday placed financial sanctions on the Equipment Development Department of the Chinese Defense Ministry, the military branch responsible for weapons and equipment, and its director, Li Shangfu, for engaging in "significant transactions" with Rosoboronexport, Russia's main arms exporter.One U.S. administration official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity, said the sanctions imposed on the Chinese agency were aimed at Moscow, not Beijing or its military, despite an escalating trade war between the United States and China.The U.S. official said Washington had spent "an enormous amount of time" seeking to discourage prospective buyers of Russian arms.
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