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NEW YORK, July 1. /TASS/. US-based Kalashnikov USA started producing and selling Kalashnikov assault rifles in the United States, company’s representative Andrew Breneman told TASS on Wednesday.
"Yes, production in the United States has started. Weapons are already available for sale," Breneman said. He made no comment on production volumes of the assault rifle and whether production is licensed.
CNN reported earlier the US company found a way of avoiding anti-Russian sanctions prohibiting import of Kalashnikov rifles by starting their manufacturing in the United States. Weapons were to be produced by US RWC that had been the official importer and distributor of AK-47 assault rifles. RWC had to stop weapons import after the United States imposed sanctions against Russia last July.
Kalashnikov closed an exclusive agreement with RWC on supplies of its products to the United States early last year. The US company was authorized to sell and perform the whole package of activities on promotion of Kalashnikov products, their service and after-sale maintenance.
Kalashnikov Concern" is the Russia’s largest producer of assault rifles, sniper rifles, guided munitions and a broad range of arms for civilian and sports purposes.