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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ivanov Warns of 1,152 Firms

The Defense Ministry has compiled a list of organizations suspected of helping to proliferate weapons of mass destruction and is urging Russian companies to be cautious in dealing with them.

A total of 1,152 foreign companies in 51 countries are included on the list, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told a Cabinet meeting on Monday.

"This is not a blacklist. This is a list of foreign organizations that one needs to be particularly cautious of and particularly circumspect around when it comes to communications and trade," Ivanov, who also is a deputy prime minister, said at the meeting attended by President Vladimir Putin.

A defense analyst scoffed at the list, calling it little more than a publicity stunt ahead of the Group of Eight summit in St. Petersburg in July meant to show that Russia -- like the West -- is serious about fighting proliferation. A G8 working group on the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons is to meet in Moscow on Thursday. Ivanov said the information on the list would help Russian officials draft a report on Russia's nonproliferation efforts for the G8 summit and that the details of the list would be released at the summit.

"We will tell about our control system for exports and will provide an evaluation of the activities of various foreign organizations and countries in fighting this very serious threat," he said.

Ivanov said that Russian companies that wanted to deal with the listed organizations would have to obtain a license from the government. He said the government would also demand the right to check whether dual technologies and products sold by Russian companies were used for their stated intentions.

European countries and the United States have repeatedly accused Russian companies of exporting sensitive technologies to so-called rogue countries. The accusations have intensified in recent years as Iran, where Russia is building a nuclear power station, has shown its interest in developing its own nuclear program.

Ivanov, who was appointed as the head of a government commission on export controls in November, called the accusations "nonsensical" and "delirious."

Konstantin Makiyenko, an analyst with the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, called Ivanov's announcement a PR stunt ahead of the G8 summit and expressed skepticism that the list even existed.

"The mere number of companies on the list raises doubt," he said. "It is an unbelievable number."

Ivanov said the list was compiled from information provided by the Foreign Ministry and intelligence agencies. He said similar lists were compiled by "every civilized country in the world."