SCO Countries Join Forces Against U.S Sanctions

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Russia and China will discuss opposition to the US sanctions policy during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (OCX) summit, a source in the Russian delegation said.

According to the Russian newspaper Izvestia, a member of the Russian delegation said that during the event, to be held in Dushanbe (Tajikistan) on October 11 and 12, the whole geopolitical situation and the global economy will be discussed. Among other topics, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang will certainly discuss the actions of the United States in relation to other countries and how the interaction of the OCX members should be built under these conditions, the delegate said.

Although Zhang Jun, the assistant foreign minister of China, did not mention the US explicitly, the US was clearly referred to in his statements. Zhang said that at the meeting in Dushanbe representatives will discuss the expansion of areas of cooperation as well as “actively respond to militarism, aggressive behavior and other actions.”

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On September 20, Washington announced the introduction of secondary sanctions against China for the purchase of Su-35 fighters and Russia’s S-400 systems. Beijing responded that the US sanctions were illegal and promised to continue military-technical cooperation with Moscow.

A senior government official said the measures, which also hit the head of the Equipment Development Department, Li Shangfu, aimed at “imposing costs on Russia in response to its evil activities.” The official emphasized that the sanctions were not designed to undermine the defense capabilities of any particular country.

Likely US sanctions also did not scare India, another OCX member. In early October, New Delhi and Moscow signed an agreement to supply five blocks of Russian S-400 systems to the Indian armed forces. The next buyer of the Russian air defense system is expected to be Turkey, a country that has OCX partner status.

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