Rogozin denies illegal U.S. microchip exports to Russian defense industry

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has offered his comment on allegations that high-tech microelectronic devices could have been exported to Russia from the United States illegally.

"I knew nothing about it, but we immediately tried to learn more about these people and the company. At least, none of them has delivered anything to us [the defense industry]," Rogozin told journalists.

"I would like to say thank you to the Americans because this latest scandal was like a flick of the fingers on the forehead of those who like everything made in U.S. and think that foreign countries will help us and we can buy everything abroad," he said.

"There should be no illusions: if we start to say publicly that we face an acute shortage of something, they will immediately turn off the oxygen and supplies for us. We have countless numbers of "friends" in the world. I am not surprised," he said.

On Oct. 3, a New York court filed charges against 11 members of a network engaged in acquiring military-purpose products for Russia, as well as Russian and U.S. companies with illegally exporting high-tech microelectronic equipment from the U.S. for the needs of Russian military and intelligence services.

Of them, eight people currently present on U.S. territory were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

 An FBI report identified Alexander Fishchenko, owner and director of U.S. and Russian companies, as the chief suspect and accused him of operating on U.S. territory as an unregistered agent of the Russian government, illegally purchasing high-tech microelectronic equipment on behalf of the Russian government.  

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