Expert: US unable to use new sanctions to undermine the position of Russia in sphere military-technical cooperation

MOSCOW, October 28. /TASS/. New US sanctions against the military-industrial complex of Russia can have a negative impact on Moscow’s cooperation with foreign States in the military-technical sphere. This was stated by TASS program Director of the Foundation of the club “Valdai” Dmitry Suslov.

The threat in this sector

“That list is now published, painful hits on the prospects of military-technical cooperation of Russia with foreign States, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other countries, because it includes leading Russian companies of the military-industrial defense sector, such companies as “Almaz-Antey”, NGO “Alloy”, “rostec”, “MiG”, “Sukhoi”, “Tupolev”, i.e. businesses that do play a key role in the development of Russian arms and military equipment, he said. – The problem here is that U.S. sanctions are extraterritorial in nature, and those foreign companies, who are developing cooperation with the “Rosoboronexport”, or “Diamond-Antaeus” or “Kalashnikov” or “Rostec” also can fall under us sanctions, and this, indeed, can cause a narrowing of military-technical cooperation with Russia.”

The expert noted that the sanctions are not mandatory, and States will impose them as political expediency.

“For example, today U.S.-Turkish relations are deteriorating, Americans are extremely dissatisfied with the decision of Turkey to buy Russian s-400 system. In this situation, the United States may impose sanctions against Turkey as buyers of products of the Russian enterprises, which are included in this new sanctions list,” – said Suslov.

The United States through new sanctions can solve their own economic problems, because Russia is their main competitor on the world arms market, the expert added.

Fixing a bad relationship

Another consequence of new anti-Russian step of the U.S. will be a further consolidation of the confrontation between Moscow and Washington.

“The lifting of these sanctions against those in the state Department list of Russian enterprises can only occur by Congress, and Congress in the foreseeable future, of course, this permission does not give, [so] this decision effectively institutionalizarea confrontation, institutionalisiert cold war between Russia and the United States and gives additional arguments to those [people] in Russia, who believes that the US is actually waging against us an economic war, and not just economic,” – said Suslov.

The expert at the same time indicated that the administration of Donald trump was forced to go to the publication of the list of Russian facilities that could fall under sanctions. “The Executive was forced to do it in accordance with the law. The administration of the tramp tried to pull the time, trying to mitigate the real content of the new sanctions waves, and, although it is not entirely successful, but actually for a month, they delayed the publication of a new list, he continued. – Look, when a decision on sanctions will be implemented, it has not yet entered into force”.

US sanctions

On 26 October, the state Department reported that it has approved a new list of sanctions and a list of companies that can get there; the document submitted to the U.S. Congress. The state Department did not disclose the list, but the New York Times published a list of companies. It, in particular, included “Admiralty shipyards”, “Almaz-Antey”, Izhevsk mechanical plant, concern “Kalashnikov” and “Izhmash”, NGO “Alloy”, the company “Rosoboronexport” and concern “radio-Electronic technology” (KRET), the concern RTI, the Corporation UVZ (Uralvagonzavod), the state Corporation “rostec”. In addition, in the future, sanctions can affect the partner of the Russian Corporation MiG, Sukhoi holding company “Helicopters of Russia”, concern “Sozvezdie”, the Corporation “Tactical missiles”, the company “Tupolev”, the United aircraft Corporation, United engine Corporation, United instrument manufacturing Corporation and United shipbuilding Corporation.

Also included in the list of structures of the Russian razvedshkolu: Department (former GRU) of the General staff of the armed forces, the Federal security service and foreign intelligence Service, but they have long been under American sanctions imposed under President Barack Obama.