The U.S. and Russia are locked in a bitter dispute over the use of the word “russia,” as the two countries seek to boost bilateral trade in goods and services.
The dispute between Washington and Moscow began in February 2016, when President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a $400 billion arms deal and other strategic initiatives to bolster their militaries, as well as ease the strain on a NATO alliance that is due to be increased by more than 50 percent by 2023.
In the wake of that announcement, the U.K. and the EU threatened to veto any U.N. Security Council sanctions against Russia over the alleged violation of human rights and the annexation of Crimea.
In the years since, Russia has maintained a steady trade war with the U., especially in the energy, defense and energy-related sectors.
The European Union has also complained about the U’s lack of transparency and openness about the sale of defense goods to Russia.
On Tuesday, the Russian government said it had approved a $100 billion deal to buy weapons, technology and military hardware from China for the purpose of building up its military capabilities in Eastern Europe.
The deal, which is being held up by the U, will allow China to buy advanced weaponry and technology, including air defense systems, missile systems and fighter jets, from Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands at a news conference after signing an agreement on a new strategic partnership deal at the Novo-Ogaryovo summit in Sochi, Russia, March 6, 2018.
The U.T.E.S.-Russia trade deal is being kept under wraps by the State Department, the Commerce Department and the Commerce department, a source told Bloomberg News.
The White House declined to comment.
The deal would allow Chinese President Jiaying to buy military-grade equipment from Russia at an estimated price of $100 million a piece, the source said.
The deal would also allow Chinese leaders to buy the technology to build the U-30 fighter jets that the U.-30 jet is meant to replace.
China’s defense minister on Monday confirmed that the government has approved the sale.
“We will buy them from Russia,” Li Keqiang said at a meeting of the National People’s Congress in Beijing.
China’s Defense Ministry said it would make a formal announcement later on Tuesday.
It was unclear if China would buy any advanced military hardware or technology from the U in the future.
Earlier this month, the United States and Russia signed a deal on a defense technology cooperation agreement, which includes training of the Russian air force and supplying Russia with advanced missile defense systems.
The trade deal will be subject to approval by the United Nations Security Council, the sources said.