U.S. Senate approved an amendment to the country's defense budget, which forbids the Pentagon to make a deal with the Russian company "Rosoboronexport", including the purchase of helicopters for Afghanistan.
Voting took place late on Thursday, an amendment approved unanimously. The ban will take effect once the president signs law on the defense budget. Currently, the document is considered by the upper house of Congress.
The author of the document was Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas. He explained the intention to document the fact that the United States should act to prevent Russia allegedly providing support for the Syrian authorities.
"American taxpayers should not indirectly finance the mass murder of Syrian citizens, especially in the case of purchase (equipment for Afghanistan) can be made by American manufacturers. Continuing the connection with the "Rosoboronexport", we undermine U.S. policy on Syria and U.S. efforts to support the Syrian people, "- said in a statement Cornyn, on Friday.
In late July, a similar amendment took the House of Representatives.
The ban on cooperation with "Rosoboronexport" was discussed in Congress in March 2012, when a number of parliamentarians appealed to the head of the Pentagon with the request not to buy Russian military equipment to Afghanistan.
An agreement to purchase ten Mi-17 is an addition to the existing contract, concluded in May 2011. It provided for the delivery of 21 Mi-17V-5, spare parts and equipment to Afghanistan. According to U.S. sources, the total cost of the agreement is estimated at $ 900 million. According to Russian media reports, the price of basic supplies totaled 367.5 million dollars.
A month ago, the Pentagon said he did not intend to abandon the contract.
In 2008, the United States has imposed sanctions against the company "Rosoboronexport", accusing her that she is alleged to be violating non-proliferation regime by supplying weapons to Iran. The company and the Russian authorities have repeatedly stated that do not violate the non-proliferation regime and are negotiating the supply to Iran only defensive weapons which do not fall under the restrictions of the UN. Sanctions against the "Rosoboronexport" were filmed by the Obama administration in May 2010.