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US Containing China Using Russia As A Pretext, Claims Moscow

FILE PHOTO: A model of a pump jack is seen in front of the displayed word "Sanctions", U.S. and Russia flag colours in this illustration taken March 8, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration//File Photo

On Friday, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated that the United States is using the threat of secondary sanctions against Chinese firms, which are perceived to be collaborating with Russia, as a “pretext” to try and contain Beijing. Zakharova made these remarks in response to a question regarding U.S. sanctions implemented on Wednesday that targeted nearly 300 entities, including several Chinese companies, accused of aiding Moscow in bypassing existing Western sanctions.

“China’s economy irritates the U.S. to an extreme degree, so U.S. sanctions should be seen as an attempt to hold onto (its) economic leadership in the absence of any real opportunity to do so legally,” Zakharova told a weekly press briefing.

“Russia is just a pretext,” she said.

The new Treasury sanctions specifically targeted firms in countries including China, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates that it accused of enabling Moscow to acquire dual-use technologies and equipment from abroad.

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The State Department also imposed sanctions on four China-based companies it accused of supporting Russia’s defence industrial base, including by shipping critical items to entities under U.S. sanctions in Russia.

Asked to comment on the U.S. sanctions, Zakharova said: “You know, this is a trade war that is going at full speed for the redistribution of the market, for the United States to maintain its own pace of development.

“Their lack of resources pushes them to such aggressive actions”, she added, referring to secondary sanctions.

(With Inputs From Reuters)