Russia’s Kalashnikov Replaces US Arms Sales With Other Markets

© AP Photo / Manish SwarupA Russian exhibitor from Kalashnikov, center, explains the working of an AK-104 at the 8th International Land and Naval Defense system exhibition, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
A Russian exhibitor from Kalashnikov, center, explains the working of an AK-104 at the 8th International Land and Naval Defense system exhibition, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 - Sputnik International
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According to Director General Alexey Krivoruchko, Russia’s small arms maker, the Kalashnikov Concern, has completely replaced sales to the United States.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russia’s small arms maker, the Kalashnikov Concern, has completely replaced sales to the United States, Director General Alexey Krivoruchko said Monday.

"[Anti-Russia] sanctions have had an impact on us but we actually gained more good from it. We have found other markets and are selling our products at better prices… The concern has managed to completely substitute sales previously targeted at the US market," Krivoruchko told RIA Novosti.

Last year, Washington imposed economic sanctions on Russia's leading defense, banking and energy companies over Moscow's alleged role in the Ukrainian armed conflict.

Krivoruchko said that weapons shipped to Africa, the Middle East, South-East Asia and Latin America make up about 80 percent of company production.

The Kalashnikov Concern was created in 2013 in a merger of two Soviet-era plants, becoming Russia’s largest producer of rifles and other small arms.

The company has exported its weapons to over 27 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Italy, Canada, Kazakhstan and Thailand.

Before the anti-Russia sanctions took effect, Kalashnikov sold up to 200,000 guns annually in North America.

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