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US slaps sanctions on Russian defense structures under nonproliferation law

The list includes 28 individuals and legal entities

WASHINGTON, May 9. /TASS/. The United States has worked out sanctions against certain Russian, Iranian, North Korean and Chinese individuals and legal entities as well as against organizations from Turkey and Saudi Arabia, accusing them of violating US national legislation on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, says a public notice posted by the US Department of State on the Federal Register, the daily journal of US government, on Wednesday.

Among the blacklisted entities are the Gatchina Surface-to-Air Missile Training Center, the Russian Defense Ministry’s 18th Central Scientific Research Institute in Kursk, the Instrument Design Bureau (KBP) in Tula, the 183rd Guard Air Defense Missile Regiment, and the Russian Research and Production Concern (BARL). New restrictions have been again imposed on the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (former GRU).

The list includes 28 individuals and legal entities. Among them are Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force, Iranian air and defense companies, a Chinese trade corporation, Lebanese Hezbollah, Syria’s Air Force and Scientific Studies and Research Center, three legal entities of Egypt, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

According to the US government, they all could have "the potential to make a material contribution to the development of" cruise or ballistic missile systems in Iran, Syria or North Korea.

Traditionally, the United States does not elaborate on the claims as the US’ attempts to exercise extraterritorial jurisdiction are implied. The sanctions mean that no US department or agency might procure any goods, technology, or services from the blacklisted persons or companies, might sell weapons or warfare placed on the US Munitions List or to provide any assistance to those foreign persons.

Many of the above-mentioned legal entities have been long under sanctions slapped by the US Treasury.