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US sanctions 8 Russian companies over non-proliferation law

Companies were accused of violating US non-proliferation law in regard to Iran, North Korea and Syria since 2009

WASHINGTON, March 25. /TASS/. US Administration has imposed sanctions on eight more Russian companies accusing them of violating US non-proliferation law concerning Iran, North Korea and Syria since 2009, a US official told TASS on Saturday.

According to her, among them are Russia’s main weapons exporter Rosobornexport, the 150th aircraft repair plant, the Aviaexport foreign economic trade company, the Bazalt Scientific and Research Corporation, the Scientific and Production Corporation ‘Engineering Design Bureau (weapons manufacturing companies), the Ulyanovsk Higher Civil Aviation School, the Urals Civil Aviation Training Center, and the Zhukovsky - Gagarin Air Force Academy.

The Russian companies are accused of violating the US non-proliferation law concerning Iran, North Korea and Syria. Traditionally, the US does not specify its claims to the Russian companies.

The current sanctions, due to remain in force for the coming two years, ban US departments and agencies from buying any goods or services from blacklisted companies, from selling arms and military hardware to them. Also, the sanctioned companies can neither obtain licenses for buying goods listed in the export control nor get assistance.

US State Secretary Rex Tillerson may lift the sanctions, if he deems it necessary.