New U.S. Sanctions Target Foreign Suppliers To Russian Military
The United States on Tuesday issued fresh Russia-related sanctions, targeting a defense procurement network consisting of individuals and entities in Belgium, Cyprus, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong, among other places, amid Moscow's evasion of Western sanctions imposed over the war in Ukraine, TURAN's Washington correspondent reports.
The network, led by Belgium-based Hans De Geetere, is involved in procuring electronics with military applications for Russian end users, according to Washington officials.
"The United States and our allies remain focused on disrupting any attempts by Russia or its trusted agents to gain access to the critical inputs and technologies necessary to support Moscow’s defense industry and facilitate its brutal war in Ukraine," Treasury's under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, Brian Nelson, said in the statement.
"The United States is committed to working with our allies and partners to expose and degrade networks engaged in Russia’s military procurement," State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said in a separate statement.
Additionally, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned 11 entities and 8 people tied to the Alyaksandr Lukashenka regime for its suppression of Belarusian democratic civil society, corrupt financial enrichment of the Lukashenka family, and complicity in Russia’s war against Ukraine, a Treasury statement reads.