Commerce Department restricts tech and software exports to Russia


By Ramishah Maruf, CNN

(CNN) — Russia and Belarus are barred from accessing U.S.-made software and technology to aid their military, the U.S. Commerce Department issued a final ruling on Saturday.

The Bureau of Industry and Security, an agency of the department, has imposed “very restrictive” licensing requirements on everything on the Commerce Control List, which includes almost all technology, software and products to dual purpose that could be used in Russia’s military and aerospace effort. .

“These restrictions should continue to severely degrade Russia’s ability to sustain its aggression, as supported by Belarus,” the Commerce Department said in a statement.

The new restrictions follow Russia’s killing of civilians in Bucha, a suburb of kyiv.

“Vladimir Putin’s utter disregard for the humanity of the Ukrainian people shows why the Russian military must be cut off from the high-tech commodities, software and technologies produced by the United States and our allies and partners,” he said. said the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export. Directors Thea D. Rozman Kendler in a statement Saturday.

Previous restrictions included new licensing requirements for composite materials and medical products containing certain toxins.

The Biden administration further sanctioned Russia this week, suspending normal trade relations and also banning energy imports.

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