The US Department of Commerce will expand restrictions on exports to Russia in connection with chemical weapons poisoning, says a special agency statement on Wednesday.
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the Ministry of Commerce will expand export restrictions for Russia in accordance with the Secretary of State's determination dated March 2, 2021, that the Russian government used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law against its citizens. </p >
“By using illegal nerve agents against dissidents both inside and outside its borders, the Russian government acted in flagrant violation of its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and directly exposed its citizens and citizens of other countries to mortal risk. The Commerce Department is seeking to prevent Russia from gaining access to US technology that could be used for its malicious chemical weapons activities, ”the statement said.
Beginning March 18, 2021, BIS will suspend the Service and Equipment Replacement (RPL) License Exceptions, Technology and Software Unlimited Use (TSU), and Additional Authorization Re-export (APR) exemptions for NS goods destined for Russia.