Under the sanctions, the U.S. government is prohibited from dealing with any of those seven companies.
In a statement, Rosoboroneksport said its cooperation with Iran "is carried out strictly in accordance with international agreements and is limited exclusively to supplies of defensive armaments." General Director Sergei Chemizov said the sanctions will not affect his company since it has no contracts with the United States.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov criticized the sanctions in comments today to reporters in St. Petersburg. "Regarding the sanctions imposed by the [U.S.] State Department on Rosoboroneksport and the Sukhoi company, I can unambiguously say just one thing: These sanctions don't have the slightest relation to the nonproliferation issue."
The Russian Foreign Ministry has also criticized the sanctions, calling them unacceptable.
(AFP, Reuters, ITAR-TASS)
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