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Sanctions: Russia responds and limits export to the USA

Under consideration law suspending cooperation on aeronautics, nuclear, rocket propulsion

The rule will also include limitations on imports from the USA and "friendly" countries

Washington announced new sanctions against Russia at the beginning of April, in particular against some Russian officials, businessmen and companies of a list that included among others the oligarch and aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, the CEO of Gazprom Alexey Miller, that of VTB Andrey Kostin, the owner of Renova Viktor Vekselberg, the CEO of Surgutneftegaz Vladimir Bogdanov, several businessmen, and among the companies Russian Financial Corporation, owned by the government company which is responsible for the export of defense and armament materials (including airplanes and helicopters) Rosoboronexport, also it on the list.

The reaction by Moscow is the draft of the clean bill currently being examined by the Duma, which contemplates some measures of retaliation against the United States. Among these, according to the Russian press reported today the prohibition or limitation to export to the US of technology and software equipment are included. The first vice-president of the Duma, Ivan Melnikov, reported it in these hours.
The bill presented by the president of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin in agreement with the leaders of the four main parties also contemplates the suspension of international cooperation with the USA in the nuclear, aeronautical and rocket propulsion sectors, which means for example that for this latest Moscow will cease the supply of the RD-180 engines -the high-ranking financial officer Sergei Rjabuhin explains it- designed and built by NPO Energomash and used on the first stage of some of the US launchers Atlas series. "Engines used not only by NASA, but also for the Pentagon's satellites", Rjabuhin affirmed it.

The bill if approved as formulated today in the draft will limit also the import from America and from those countries that support its sanctions, of alcohol, tobacco, food and drink and agricultural products.

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