On Wednesday, the Biden administration increased restrictions on the export of certain technologies to Russia and Belarus, actions it said would undermine the ability to sustain a military campaign against the US. back to Ukraine.
The new controls will prevent American companies from exporting certain sensitive items that support the defense, aviation and maritime industries in Belarus, which authorities say aided Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. That move would extend for Belarus the same restrictions that the United States placed on Russia on February 24, preventing items such as technology and software from being shipped through Belarus to restricted sectors in the country. Russia, the ministry said.
Companies around the world that use American software or technology to manufacture their products will also be banned from sending certain sensitive items to Belarus, while Belarusian military entities will face the challenge. with even stricter restrictions on the global goods they can buy.
The Commerce Department also said it would act to stem the flow of critical technologies to Russia’s oil refineries, which provide the main source of revenue for the Russian military. The Biden administration has previously avoided imposing certain financial sanctions on Russia’s oil and natural gas industries in order to maintain global energy supplies and avoid inflation. However, the administration said the measure would take effect over time, gradually reducing Russia’s status as an energy supplier without harming American consumers.
Some companies and organizations that have supported the Russian or Belarusian militaries will also be blacklisted to limit their purchases of American products.
Gina M. Raimondo, Commerce Minister, said the determination of the Ukrainian people “created a strong international response.”
“The Department of Commerce will continue to lead strong, coordinated actions with our global allies and partners to exert maximum pressure on Russia, the issuing country of Belarus, and any other party,” she said. No one else can find a way to support them,” she said.