Rosoboronexport has not received any notifications from USA yet regarding withdrawal from a contract on delivery of 21 Mi-17V-5 helicopters to the Afghan air forces, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the company’s official representative.
Last week the Senate approved an amendment to the US defense budget banning Pentagon from signing any contracts with Rosoboronexport, including the deal on delivery of helicopters to Afghanistan. The ban may come into effect on January 1st 2013.
"Everything will become clear when the president takes his decision. There is no decision yet, these are only recommendations. And the contract is still in effect", — Rosoboronexport noted.
It was reported in summer that Pentagon have purchased 10 Mi-17 helicopters in addition to the already signed contract on delivery of 21 Mi-17V-5 helicopters, spare parts and equipment for Afghanistan.
USA has already imposed sanctions on Rosobronexport in 2008 charging it with violating the non-proliferation regime by delivering weapons to Iran. The company and the Russian authorities alleged repeatedly that they have not violated the non-proliferation regime and Russia was negotiating with Iran only on deliveries of defensive weapons not related to the UN restrictions. The sanctions have been lifted by the administration of Barak Obama in May 2010.