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    Military spacecraft launches in 2015 will be implemented despite sanctions introduced by the West against Russia, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The deputy minister noted that the military space branch is exposed to external factors, especially to sanctions imposed against Russia by the European Union, the United States and their allies.

    "Although there is a certain risk, the program of launching can be completed this year with a high probability," Borisov said at the annual meeting with the defense industry's trade union's leaders.

    Since the Ukrainian conflict escalated in April 2014, the European Union, the United States and their allies have imposed a number of economic sanctions against Moscow, blaming it for interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs.

    Russia has repeatedly denied these allegations and has adopted import substitution plans for the defense sector.

    In October 2014, Maj. Gen. Khalil Arslanov, chief of the Main Communications Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces, said that Russia intended to add nine military communications satellites to the country's orbital group by 2020.

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