Kremlin: U.S. using sanctions to squeeze Russia out of arms trade

Kremlin: U.S. using sanctions to squeeze Russia out of arms trade

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that by imposing sanctions on buyers of Russian weapons, and on people associated with the Russian military, the United States is trying to squeeze out competitors in the global arms trade.

The spokesman called the new sanctions hostile and unpredictable but did not say how Russia would respond. 

"They use this practice so often that one would trip up reacting to each new instance," Reuters cited Peskov as saying.

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Chinese military yesterday for buying fighter jets and missile systems from Russia, in breach of a sweeping U.S. sanctions law punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, something Russia denies.

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