President Donald Trump on Friday (May 26th) said it was “very early” to tell if the United States should lift sanctions on Russia, but that he seeks a “great relationship” with Putin and Russia.
On the campaign trail, Trump’s platform on trade concentrated on American jobs while floating the possibility of a tariff on all imported goods to help ease the current trade deficit. However, the Republican’s position on gun rights promised to curtail federal gun bans and limits. The two concepts, when balanced against one another, leaves open the possibility of action on foreign-made guns currently off-limits to buyers in the U.S.
“Together with our partner — Fime Group, we are working hard on extending our export products line regardless of the administrations,” Maksim Yakovlev, a representative for the Russian firm of Molot-Oruzhie, told Guns.com.
Molot manufactures a number of firearms including the popular Vepr series of rifles currently imported to the U.S. but many of their offerings are restricted from import.
“We have been doing this for a while and every year our product line in the United States is expanding, the current year should be no exception,” Yakovlev said.
Per figures from the International Trade Commission, 204,788 firearms of all kinds were imported from Russia in 2013. This figure plunged to just 9,556 in 2015.
While Molot is not suffering from direct sanctions as it is not a part of Kalashnikov Concern — placed off limits by the Obama administration in 2014 — they are hopeful about the prospect of sending more guns to eager American buyers.
“We respect the choice of American people and hope for further improvement of relations between our governments,” said Yakovlev.