The house of representatives Wednesday, 8 March, adopted the bill on military appropriations in the 2017 fiscal year, which prohibits the Department of defense to use funds from its budget for transactions with the Russian company “Rosoboronexport”. The document was supported by 371 Congressman, 48 voted against.
As stated in the bill, the Secretary of defense or any other official of the Pentagon is actually forbidden “to enter into contracts, memoranda of understanding or enterprise agreement, as well as give grants, provide loans or loan guarantees Rosoboronexport and its subsidiaries, reports TASS.
The head of the military Department may waive the prohibition if he, after consultation with the Secretary of state and Director of national intelligence will decide that cooperation with the company, it is important to ensure the security of the United States. But before that he needs to convince the Committee of both houses of Congress for the armed forces, that Rosoboronexport has ceased the supply of lethal military equipment” to the Syrian government, “Russian military forces left Crimea” and allegedly acting in Ukraine, “the Russian agents” continuing efforts “to destabilize” situation in the East of the country, the document says.
Earlier, the US Congress imposed a ban on cooperation between the defense ministries of USA and Russia. The law at the end of last year, shortly before the expiration of their term of office was signed by the former American President, Barack Obama.
In mid-December 2016 the US has decided to ease unilateral sanctions against the “Rosoboronexport”, to be able to buy from a company specialized digital equipment used by Moscow in the framework of the Treaty on open skies (DON). Sanctions were imposed on Rosoboronexport September 2, 2015 and 5 July 2016.
As then reported in the state Department, the US government modified the provision prohibiting the purchase of “Rosoboronexport” and any of its subsidiaries or successors OSDCAM4060 electro-optical sensor that is used on airplanes-Russian observers within the DON.