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Russian lawmaker says Russia’s defense industry was ready for new US sanctions

September 02, 2015, 17:08 UTC+3 MOSCOW

US sanctions will not affect Russia’s military and technical cooperation with other countries, says Federation Council’s Committee on Defense and Security deputy chairman

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MOSCOW, September 2. /TASS/. Russia’s defense industry was ready for new US sanctions, and the restrictions will not have any impact on the country’s military and technical cooperation, Federation Council’s Committee on Defense and Security deputy chairman Bair Zhamsuyev said on Wednesday.

"Unfortunately, this step was rather predictable. Since the sanctions policy was launched, we understood that sooner or later it will touch upon both our defense industry and military-technical cooperation. In fact, we prepared for this. In particular, we developed a program of import substitution," Zamsuyev told TASS.

US sanctions will not affect Russia’s military and technical cooperation with other countries.

Russian foreign ministry condemns expanded sanctions

The Russian Foreign Ministry has criticized the expansion of sanctions against Russian companies. "The expansion of sanctions list announced by Washington on September 2 which includes Russian companies and organizations, as well as several legal entities with Russian participation outside of our country, is not just another demonstration of US administration’s inability to appropriately assess the situation in Ukraine," the foreign ministry said. "This is a reflection of a mindset rooted in the US ruling circles set on conscious and consistent destruction of basis for normalizing Russian-American relations," it added.

The crisis in Ukraine "provoked and fanned from across the ocean is used by the US administration as a pretext for imposing on us the unacceptable ‘behavior model’," the ministry continued. "This time, in addition to incessant attempts to ‘link’ sanctions against Russian individuals and legal entities to the tragic developments in Ukraine, it was announced that illegal restrictions will be used against us in the framework of American legislation on Iran, Syria and North Korea," the foreign ministry noted.

The expansion of anti-Russian sanctions lists is "another element in a whole series of hostile actions made by the US toward Russia lately in different spheres, including military, economic and visa aspects," the ministry added. "Washington’s unacceptable rhetoric is overboard. Such reckless course arises growing concern even among US allies. It can result in serious costs for international stability and will undoubtedly hit back at American interests," the foreign ministry stressed.

"The United States should not harbor illusions about the possibility to continue this line without negative consequences for themselves," the ministry noted. "Reciprocal measures from us will definitely follow, and they will not necessarily be ‘mirrored’," the foreign ministry stressed.

US expands sanctions against Russia

On September 2, the US Department of Commerce added new companies from Russia and other countries to its list of sanctions prompted by the conflict in Ukraine.

According to a rule notice in the Federal Register, "twenty-nine persons under thirty-three entries" have been included in the "Entity List".

The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) "is taking this action to ensure the efficacy of existing sanctions on the Russian Federation", the notice said.

The thirty-three entries to the Entity List are located in Crimea, Cyprus, Finland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. There are thirty-three entries for the twenty-nine persons because two persons are listed in two locations and one person is listed in three locations, resulting in four additional entries, according to the notice.

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