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US-based RWC is not entitled to produce Kalashnikov-branded automatic rifles

January 27, 2015, 15:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Kalashnikov signed a contract with RWC earlier covering annual supplies to the United States and Canada amounting up to 200,000 rifles
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Kalashnikov type rifle

Kalashnikov type rifle

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MOSCOW, January 27. /TASS/. The US-based Russian Weapon Company (RWC) filed an application to register Kalashnikov trademark in the United States but has not yet received the right to manufacture branded products there, Concern Kalashnikov told TASS on Tuesday.

The company spokesperson said, "RWC is interested in keeping the share in the US market. They filed an application for trademark registration and had announced independent manufacturing of Kalashnikov automatic rifles in the US territory. They also set up a Kalashnikov US company."

He added that RWC has been the exclusive distributor of Kalashnikov products in the United States for many years. Their business was suspended after the Russian company was hit by US sanctions. According to the spokesperson, RWC has no right to proceed with cooperation and even contact Russian representatives because of sanctions.

He added, "Such measures will regrettably affect consumers in the US in the first instance."

CNN said earlier that RWC intended to start in-house manufacturing of automatic rifles in the second quarter of 2015. CNN was cited to say that weapons would bear the AK-47 name well known in the West and "made in USA" marking.

Kalashnikov signed a contract with RWC earlier covering annual supplies to the United States and Canada amounting up to 200,000 rifles. However, the US imposed sanctions against the company last summer.

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