In line with the commitments made at the G7 Leaders’ Summit, the US Treasury Department said that global sanctions and other restrictive economic measures were strengthened to further reduce Russia’s capacity to fight against Ukraine.
In the statement, it was noted that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on 22 individuals and 104 institutions for the channels used by Russia to acquire critical technology, future energy revenues and the financial services sector.
Pointing out that OFAC has expanded the sanctions imposed on Russia, it was emphasized that action was taken to cut off Russia’s access to certain services.
Ban some services
In the statement, it was stated that the export, sale or supply of architectural or engineering services to any person in Russia by a US person from the USA or wherever they are located is prohibited, and the said ban will come into effect from June 18.
In the statement, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen emphasized that since the beginning of Russia’s “illegal and gratuitous” war, they have supported Ukraine and focused on reducing Russia’s ability to carry out the invasion.
Pointing out that collective efforts have deprived Russia of the basic inputs it needs for its army and limited the Kremlin’s financing of the war, Yellen pointed out that the latest sanctions will further increase the difficulties on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ability to continue the war.
Sanctions from the US State Department on 200 people, organizations, ships and aircraft
In addition, in the statement made by the US State Department, it was reported that more than 200 people, organizations, ships and aircraft were included in the scope of sanctions.
It was stated that the sanctions target Russia’s defense, related materials, technology, metals and mining sectors, and include sanctions against institutions and individuals involved in increasing Russia’s future energy production and capacity.
In the statement, it was emphasized that the USA will continue to stand by Ukraine no matter how long it takes.
US Department of Commerce blacklists 71 companies
On the other hand, the US Department of Commerce also imposed a new restriction on the export of various consumer goods to Russia and blacklisted 71 companies in order to make it difficult to access US technology.
The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Division (FinCEN) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) have also issued a joint supplemental warning urging Russia to be alert to possible avoidance of export controls.
The alert referenced FinCEN and the BIS’s first joint alert issued in June 2022, providing additional information for financial institutions on new export control restrictions on Russia.
Also, with the warning, ongoing engagements and initiatives were reiterated to further restrict and block access to the technology and goods needed to supply and supply Russia’s military and defense industry base.