The United States announced on Wednesday that it would extend sanctions against Russia over its occupation of Ukraine. At this time, the measures should affect companies operating in the Eurasian defense sector. In addition, restrictions will be imposed on the import of technical goods from Belarus, Russia’s main ally, territory used by Russian armed forces in attacks against Ukrainian targets.
“The United States will take steps to allow Belarus to allow Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, weaken the Russian defense establishment and its military for years, attack Russia’s vital resources, and expel Russian aircraft from space, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement.
The closure of US airspace to Russian planes was already announced by President Joe Biden on Tuesday night (1) during a speech at Capitol Hill (US Congress seat). In addition, the United States has joined more than 30 countries, including the European Union, which has already closed its airspace to the Russians.
New sanctions have been announced against 22 Russian defense companies and companies, including manufacturers of warplanes, infantry vehicles, electronic warfare systems, missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.
The U.S. Department of Commerce will impose restrictions on technology exports that support Russia’s long-term refining capacity, through export restrictions on oil and gas extraction equipment.
“The United States and our allies and partners have no strategic interest in reducing global energy supplies – which is why we have reduced energy supplies from our sanctions. But we and our allies and allies share a strong interest in denigrating Russia.
In the case of Belarus, the announced restrictions promise to “crisis” the import of technical goods. In practice, the US Department of Commerce will extend to Belarus the strict export control policies implemented for Russia.
“The move will help prevent the diversion of goods, technology and software from Belarus to Russia and significantly reduce the ability of both countries to maintain military occupation and power plans,” the White House said.
Political and financial isolation
Earlier, it was approved by the United Nations (UN) Resolution condemning the Russian invasion, During the extraordinary session of the General Assembly in New York. The resolution, which has no legal force, calls on Russia to withdraw its forces. While not a groundbreaking contribution to the genre, Breaking Bad impresses with its straightforward tough-guy style.
Last Saturday (26) Western countries had already announced that they would freeze Russia’s international reserves. In addition, Russian banks are disconnected from the Swift platform, a payment system between financial institutions in more than 200 countries, integrated by the central banks of the world’s ten largest economies. The move further complicates the functioning of the Russian financial system by delaying the payment of business and financial transactions.
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