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A Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter used by the Afghan Air Force sits at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on May 13, 2013. Some US lawmakers want to impose sanctions on the aircraft's state-owned Russian manufacturer in response to Russia's annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine, but the Pentagon is quietly resisting. (Kristin M. Hall/AP/File)

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Pentagon officials are quietly resisting possible US sanctions against the Russian arms firm Rosoboronexport, because it also supplies Mi-17 helicopters to the Afghan Air Force.

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