Moscow will continue to push for the lifting of U.S. sanctions against Russian companies, including a state-run arms exporter, a Kremlin source said on Friday.
He said Russia was concerned over sanctions imposed by the previous U.S. administration against Rosoboronexport, its subsidiaries and the Tula instrument design bureau among others, and would like to see them terminated "as soon as possible."
"We will demand what is ours," he said without elaborating.
In October 2008, the George W. Bush administration imposed economic sanctions on Rosoboronexport and other firms in connection with the alleged proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and sensitive missile technologies to Iran, North Korea and Syria.
Moscow has denied all allegations and decried the move as "unfair competition and an attempt to cut off suppliers."
The sanctions bar any U.S. aid, contracts or arms sales to blacklisted firms.
Sanctions were also imposed on firms in Venezuela, China, North and South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, and Syria, as well as on the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards.
Prior to that, the United States had twice imposed sanctions on Rosoboronexport (in July and December 2006), accusing it of transferring technology and equipment to Iran that could be used to develop weapons of mass destruction.
MOSCOW, May 7 (RIA Novosti)
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Any response would likely boomerang on Russia – the partnership between Rosneft and ExxonMobil is a case in point. The United States has hit Russia with a third round of sanctions. This time the Americans went with a higher caliber weapon, targeting Russia’s biggest energy companies (Rosneft and Novatek) and banks (VEB and Gazprombank).