The Russian Foreign Ministry considers the sanctions a desire to take revenge on Russia for their “fiasco of Syria airstrike.”
The US Department of State proposes to impose sanctions on the Main Intelligence Directorate (better known as GRU) and some other defense structures in Russia. This became known from the document, which is to be adopted for non-proliferation of mass destruction weapon.
“The Act provides for penalties on foreign entities and individuals for the transfer to or acquisition from Iran, Syria and North Korea of goods, services, or technology controlled under multilateral control lists or otherwise having the potential to make a material contribution to the development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or cruise or ballistic missile systems,” the US Department of State on the Federal Register states.
The list includes 28 individuals and legal entities. Among them are Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force, Iranian air and defense companies, a Chinese trade corporation and other legal entities.
Among the blacklisted entities are:
1) the Gatchina Surface-to-Air Missile Training Center;
2) the Russian Defense Ministry’s 18th Central Scientific Research Institute in Kursk;
3) the Instrument Design Bureau (KBP) in Tula;
4) the 183rd Guard Air Defense Missile Regiment;
5) the Russian Research and Production Concern (BARL);
6) the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (former GRU).
Russia considers the new US sanctions against Russian defense bodies as a desire to take revenge on Moscow for their fiasco of a missile strike in Syria on April 14, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said.
"Formally, Russia is being accused of breaching US legislation that bans cooperation in defense technology with Iran, North Korea and Syria, and that cannot have any relation to our country. In fact, it is a hackneyed desire to take revenge for a fiasco of the missile attack launched by the United States alongside the United Kingdom and France against the Syrian Arab Republic on April 14 in violation of the international law," the Ministry said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out that “the fact is substantiated by adding such entities as the Gatchina Surface-to-Air Missile Training Center and the 183rd Guard Air Defense Missile Regiment to the sanctions list. Maybe, [they are blacklisted] for training and instructing well the Syrian air defense servicemen who shot down most of the western aggressors’ missiles.”