U.S. Quietly Imposes New Sanctions on Russian Defense Companies

On May 9, the United States imposed sanctions against Russian entities and companies that, according to Washington, violated U.S. legislation on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

According to a notice from the State Department’s Federal Register, the list includes 28 structures from Iran, Syria, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and North Korea. All of them, according to the U.S. government, to some extent helped Iran, Syria or North Korea to develop cruise or ballistic missiles, thereby violating the law on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

The news of the fresh sanctions on companies and entities from Russia went unnoticed in Western media and was reported only by Russian news outlets. The measures followed President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out from the Iran nuclear deal and reinstate economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

The Foreign Ministry in Moscow said the new measures were an attempt by the United States to get even for “the fiasco of the last missile strike against Syria.”

A high-ranking military and diplomatic source told Kommersant that the sanctions announced on Wednesday are “inherently insignificant” and “will not have the desired effect”.

Entities from Russia on the list include the 183rd anti-aircraft missile regiment and the 11th training center of anti-aircraft missile forces that primed Syrian and Iranian air defense calculations, as well as the state-owned Instrument Design Bureau (KBP) for executing a supply contract of Pantsir-S1 air defense complexes to Syria.

In addition, the Russian Research and Production Concern (BARL) is also on the list for allegedly delivering components for North Korean reconnaissance satellites, along with the Russian Defense Ministry’s 18th Central Scientific Research Institute and the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.

The U.S. State Department did not give any additional explanations, but noted that any U.S. citizens and employees would be prohibited from conducting any deals and contacts with the companies on the list.