Monday, August 07, 2006

Moscow Says U.S. Sanctions "Unlawful"

On Saturday, the FT reported that the United States has imposed sanctions on two Russian arms suppliers - Rosoboronexport and the Sukhoi aircraft maker - for selling material to Iran that could be used for the manufacture of WMD.

Now Moscow has responded by claiming that the sanctions are "unlawful":
Russia’s foreign ministry called the sanctions unacceptable, saying they threatened future partnership with the US. The defence ministry said they were ungrounded and suggested they were US retaliation for Russia’s agreement last month to sell more than $1bn of arms and military aircraft to Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan president.
RFE/RL has a further report here.
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