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Commerce Department Announces Further Expansion of Export Restrictions on Russia

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BUREAU OF INDUSTRY AND SECURITY
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Office of Congressional and Public Affairs
www.bis.doc.gov
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Commerce Department Announces Further Expansion of Export Restrictions on Russia 

WASHINGTON – As part of a series of sanctions announced today by the United States, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is adding 11 parties to its Entity List in response to Russia's continued action in Ukraine. Russian support to the separatists has fueled increased fighting and casualties in eastern Ukraine. Russia continues to provide the separatists with heavy weapons, equipment, and other financing, and continues to allow militants to enter Ukraine freely. In addition, Russia has returned many of its troops to border areas, and also has been massing additional equipment near the border for potential transfer into Ukraine.

In response to Russia’s continued policy of destabilization in eastern Ukraine and ongoing occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol, the following 11 parties are being added to the Entity List based on a determination they are involved, or pose a significant risk of becoming involved, in activities contrary to the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States. Designation on the Entity List imposes a license requirement for the export, re-export or foreign transfer of items subject to the Export Administration Regulations to the designated Entities, with a presumption of denial.

Today's additions to the Entity List are: 1) Donetsk People’s Republic; 2) Feodosia Enterprise; 3) JSC Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies; 4) JSC Concern Sozvezdie; 5) JSCC Almaz-Antey; 6) Kalashnikov Concern; 7) KBP Instrument Design Bureau; 8) Luhansk People’s Republic; 9) MIC NOP Mashinostroyenia; 10) Research and Production Corporation “UralVagonZavod”; and 11) State Research and Production Enterprise “Bazalt.”

Today’s action is being taken in conjunction with an announcement by the Department of the Treasury that it also will impose sanctions on a number of parties.

BIS controls exports and reexports of commodities, technology, and software for reasons of national security, missile technology, nuclear non-proliferation, chemical and biological weapons non-proliferation, crime control, regional stability, foreign policy and anti-terrorism. Criminal penalties and administrative sanctions can be imposed for violations of the Export Administration Regulations. For more information, please visit www.bis.doc.gov.