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Sanctions against Russia: US Senate Committee to hold special session

Sanctions against Russia: US Senate Committee to hold special session Photo: the US Senate committee will hold a special meeting on circumventing Russian sanctions (Getty Images)

The Senate Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security will hold a special hearing on February 27 to investigate how American microchips end up in Russian weapons systems, announced the chairman of the subcommittee, Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal.

According to him, the hearings in the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations will inevitably address ways in which Russians bypass export controls. They will also discuss the implementation of additional measures aimed at preventing Russia from using American technologies in the war against Ukraine.

He also noted that many previously imposed sanctions are designed to cut off Russia's access to the latest generation of chips, which it does not produce itself, thereby depriving it of the ability to attack Ukraine with weapons using these components.

Sanctions against the Russian defense industry

Since the early months of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Western countries have been attempting to limit Russia's access to the global market for components and equipment used in the production of weapons through various sanctions packages. However, Moscow actively circumvents previously imposed economic restrictions with the help of intermediaries.

On February 21, the US State Department announced that a new package of comprehensive sanctions against Russia would specifically target the Russian military machine. Measures will also be taken to ensure the enforcement of previous sanctions imposed against the Russian regime.

The German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, emphasized that the European Union will include restrictions on drone production in the 13th package of anti-Russian sanctions.

It is noted that the Russian and North Korean missiles used by the occupiers for strikes in Ukraine contain components produced by American and European companies.