The U.S. extends technology restrictions to Belarus and the Russian oil industry.

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The Biden administration ramped up restrictions on exporting sure applied sciences to Russia and Belarus on Wednesday, actions it stated would degrade the flexibility to maintain a army marketing campaign in opposition to Ukraine.

The brand new controls will forestall American firms from exporting sure delicate gadgets that might help protection, aerospace and maritime industries in Belarus, which the administration stated had aided Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. That transfer will lengthen to Belarus the identical restrictions the US positioned on Russia on Feb. 24, stopping gadgets like know-how and software program from being routed by Belarus to restricted sectors in Russia, the division stated.

Corporations around the globe that use American software program or know-how to fabricate their merchandise additionally will probably be barred from sending sure delicate gadgets to Belarus, whereas Belarusian army entities will face even more durable limitations on the worldwide items they’ll buy.

The Commerce Division additionally stated it could take motion to stem the circulate of necessary applied sciences to Russian oil refineries, which give a key income supply for the Russian army. The Biden administration beforehand averted imposing sure monetary sanctions on the Russian oil and pure gasoline industries as a way to preserve the worldwide power provide and keep away from fueling inflation. However the administration stated the measure would take impact over time, progressively degrading Russia’s standing as an power provider with out harming American shoppers.

Sure firms and establishments which have supported the Russian or the Belarusian army may even be added to a blacklist that locations restrictions on their buy of American merchandise.

Gina M. Raimondo, the secretary of commerce, stated the resolve of the Ukrainian folks had “galvanized a strong worldwide response.”

“The Commerce Division will proceed to guide sturdy, coordinated motion with our world allies and companions to use most stress on Russia, its enabler Belarus and some other events which will search to help them,” she stated.

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