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Russian Trader Rosoboronexport Bids to Sell Ammunition to U.S.

Rosoboronexport, Russia’s state-run weapons trader, said it’s bidding to sell ammunition to the U.S. armed forces.

Five suppliers competing for a U.S. military contract have invited Rosoboronexport to act as a sub-contractor, the Moscow-based company said today in an e-mailed statement. The ammunition would be used in international coalition operations, it said.

The U.S. barred transactions with Rosoboronexport from 2006 to 2010, citing its arms sales to nations including Iran and Syria as violating efforts to curb proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The lifting of the sanctions coincided with Russia’s support of a United Nations resolution expressing concern over Iran’s nuclear program, according to the Congressional Research Service.

The U.S. Army agreed last May to pay $375 million for 21 Russian-made MI-17 helicopters for the Afghan air force, which has been flying the craft for 30 years. Some U.S. lawmakers have urged the Pentagon to cancel the helicopter contract because Russia remains a top arms supplier to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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