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Incensed by the unending bloodshed in Syria, the House backed an amendment by Rep. James P. Moran, Virginia Democrat, that would bar the Pentagon from contracts, cooperative agreements and loans with Rosoboronexport, a Russian state-controlled arms export company that is providing weapons to the Syrian government.
The Pentagon has relied on the company because the Afghans are familiar with Russian-made helicopters.
“I should think it’s troubling to all of us that we are purchasing helicopters from a Russian firm that is directly complicit in the deaths of thousands of innocent Syrian men, women and children,” Mr. Moran said.
The House later passed the overall bill, which the White House has threatened to veto on broader budget-related grounds
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