US expands sanctions on Russia’s military and technology sectors

20 May, 12:41 AM
US imposes new sanctions against Russia (Photo:REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev)

US imposes new sanctions against Russia (Photo:REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev)

In coordination with the G7 and other international partners, the United States has expanded sanctions against Russia, U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement on May 19.

The treasury imposed sanctions on 22 individuals and 104 organizations, while the State Department targeted nearly 200 individuals, entities, airplanes, and ships. The White House added 71 companies to the blacklist, prohibiting them from buying U.S. tech products without a license, according to Reuters.

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The updated list includes Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, Russian importers of technology and electronics, research institutes, design bureaus and military factories, mining companies, as well as the 223rd and 224th aviation groups of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

These new U.S. restrictions aim to prevent Russia from obtaining semiconductors and other microelectronics manufactured abroad for its military equipment.

According to Reuters, U.S. President Joe Biden's administration has suspended the export of a wide range of goods to Russia. The new restrictions will affect goods that may be used by the Russian military, including dryers, snowplows, and other machinery.

On May 19-21, the G7 leaders are meeting in Hiroshima, Japan. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will also be attending, scheduled to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden.

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