US sanctions against Russian arms exporter

October 24th, 2008 - 1:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Oct 24 (RIA Novosti) The US has imposed sanctions against the Russian state-run arms exporter, Rosoboronexport, for what Washington called proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.Sanctions were also imposed on the same grounds against Venezuela, China, North and South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, and Syria, as well as the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards.

The sanctions are valid for two years and bar any US aid, contracts or arms sales to the blacklisted entities.

The order was signed on Oct 16 and came into effect Thursday.

A Rosoboronexport representative called the sanctions a “manifestation of unethical competition.”

“We view the imposition of sanctions with regard to the sole Russian facilitator of arms sales as a manifestation of unethical competition,” said Vyacheslav Davydenko.

In July and December 2006, the US also imposed sanctions on Rosoboronexport for allegedly passing on equipment to Iran that could be used to develop weapons of mass destruction.

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