Russia Will Not Stop Rocket Engine Exports to U.S.

The U.S. State Department announced new sanctions on Russia on Aug. 8 that would cover Russia's access to sensitive U.S. national security-controlled goods

A Russian air defense system missile system Antey 2500.
Ivan Sekretarev/AP Photo

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday Moscow did not plan to halt supplies of rocket engines to the United States in response to a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, the RIA news agency reported.

A Russian lawmaker said earlier this month that Moscow could restrict exports of RD-180 rocket engines to the United States if Washington imposed new sanctions.

Ryabkov also said that Moscow would not halt exports of titanium to the United States for its aviation industry as part of any response to sanctions, RIA reported.

Russia plans to stop buying electronic devices and components from the United States that can be used for both civilian and military purposes regardless of new U.S. sanctions, Russian lawmaker Alexei Kondratiev was quoted as saying on Thursday.

The U.S. State Department announced new sanctions on Russia on Aug. 8 that would cover Russia's access to sensitive U.S. national security-controlled goods.

"We will in any case reject all American components as this bell has sounded," Kondratiev, deputy head of the defence and security commission in Russia's upper house of parliament, was quoted by RIA news agency as saying.

"Third countries including China have analogous models of what we buy from the United States. The arms market is built on universal exchange so we will in any case find a way out," he was quoted as saying.