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Russia   Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin:

Sanctions on Russian defense industry panic-fuelled

Dmitry RogozinThe United States imposes sanctions against the most competitive enterprises of the Russian defense industry due to panic, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.

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"Analysis of US sanctions against the Russian defense industry indicates that discriminatory measures are being taken against those of our enterprises which either outperform their American analogues or are at least as good," Rogozin wrote on his Twitter account.

"These unlawful sanctions are dictated by unfair competition or even simple envy with traces of panic," Rogozin said.

Plans to expand sanctions against Russia will be considered in Brussels on Friday by US Vice-President Joseph Biden and leaders of the European Union.

In the Belgian capital, Biden is slated to meet top European leaders to discuss boosting security and financial aid to Ukraine and tightening economic sanctions on Russia, senior US administration officials said earlier.

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