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China hints at discussion on US sanctions on countries buying Russian weapons at SCO

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

on Tuesday hinted that the leaders of (SCO) may discuss the issue of sanctions threat by the US on countries buying Russian weapons, when they meet in on Thursday.

The has late last month imposed sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) on for purchasing S-400 missile defence system and SU-35 fighters from

The is required, under CAATSA, to impose sanctions on any country that has "significant transactions" with Iran, or

The Act primarily deals with sanctions on Russian interests such as its oil and gas industry, defence and security sector, and financial institutions, in the backdrop of its military intervention in and its alleged meddling in the 2016 US

Nothwithstanding the US pressure of sanctions, on Friday last signed a USD 5 billion deal with to buy the S-400 Triumf air defence system which can engage up to 36 targets at a time and simultaneously launch 72 missiles.

When asked whether the issue of US sanctions would be discussed at the SCO meet being held on October 11 and 12 as China, Russia and were its member, Chinese said: "is firmly opposed to other countries imposing sanctions on the military cooperation and weapons trade between China-Russia.

"We brook no challenge from others. Other countries have no right to interfere in our cooperation," he told reporters, ahead of the SCO meet which Chinese is scheduled to attend.

is expected to attend the meet.

The SCO is comprised of China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and along with was admitted into the organisation last year as full members.

Zhang said at the meeting the leaders will have in depth discussions on how to expand the areas of cooperation and coordination as well as "actively responding to militarism, bullying and other acts".

"I believe SCO can provide a good platform for such discussions and our countries will stick together as passengers in same boat," he said, adding that China Russia military trade in technology will continue to be firmly advanced.

He said, at the same time, the SCO is not a military or political group and it not aimed at provoking confrontation with any other country or group of countries.

SCO is committed to promote regional economic development and upholding regional security, he said.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 19:35 IST