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    U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT REVOKES SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA

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    MOSCOW, APRIL 2, (RIA Novosti) - The US Department of State has abrogated sanctions against a number of Russian companies and individual researchers. Sergei Rogov, Director of the Moscow-based Institute of US and Canadian Studies under the Russian Academy of Sciences, is enthusiastic about the move.

    Certain Americans want their country to make political pressure on Russia. The federal Administration does not follow their bidding, as the repeal has proved. The George W. Bush Administration regards Russia, just as before, among its key allies in the anti-terror cause and nonproliferation efforts, he said to Novosti.

    Whatever suspicions the USA might have of particular Russian research institutes, industrial companies and private persons were groundless. That is quite clear now, pointed out the prominent political expert.

    A pre-election campaign is now preoccupying the United States, so foreign policies have receded into the background. Most previous election years were to the detriment of US-Russian contacts. Now, repealed sanctions have come as a public move aimed to prove that bilateral partnership lives on, and to give it up is the last thing the Administration intends to do, election or no election, our interviewee emphatically remarked.

    John Wolfe, US Assistant Secretary of State, abolished sanctions, yesterday, against Russia's Academician Anatoli Kuntsevich, introduced for suspected trespasses of the chemical arms nonproliferation regime.

    Sanctions and limitations are gone for Russia's Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering, or TsNIITOCHMACH and the Volsk Mechanical Works, also previously assumed to violate nonproliferation arrangements. The abolition also concerns Russia's Europalace 2000 Co., the Research Institute of Graphite-Based Construction Materials, or NIIGRAPHITE, MOSO Co., and the R&D Institute of Power Industrial Technologies, or NIIKIET. Sanctions against the latter were introduced as long ago as 1999.

    The abolition promotes US foreign political interests and national security, the US Federal Register says in a statement.

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