The US State Department also said in a press release on Thursday that Washington had added 27 individuals and six entities to its Russian defense and intelligence sector blacklist, meaning that anyone who does business with them will face mandatory US sanctions under CAATSA.
"The US Treasury Department included in the Russian part of the sanctions list under the CAATSA law China's Equipment Development Department and its director Li Shangfu for purchasing Russian military hardware and our fighter jets, in particular. Everything is completely banal. Sanctions are used as a weapon of unfair competition — all of this we perfectly remember from the situation with the Nord Stream 2," Kosachev said on Facebook.
On Thursday, a senior US administration official said that Washington had sanctioned EDD and its Director Li Shangfu for buying missile defense systems and combat aircraft from Russia in violation of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
The United States passed the CAATSA legislation in August 2017 in response in part to Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
Russia has denied all allegations of meddling in the election, calling the accusations "absurd."