On 20 August, the US Treasury reported that OFAC has designated a number of Russian individuals and entities. It is also reported that the State Department is designating 2 Russian Ministry of Defence scientific laboratories that have engaged in activities to develop Russia’s chemical weapons capabilities. Furthermore, the State Department has imposed new sanctions under the CBW Act which include:
- Restrictions on the permanent imports of certain Russian firearms. New and pending permit applications for the permanent importation of firearms and ammunition manufactured or located in Russia will be subject to a policy of denial; and
- Additional Department of Commerce export restrictions on nuclear and missile-related goods and technology pursuant to the Export Control Reform Act of 2018.
OFAC has also issued General License 1A which authorises US persons to engage in certain transactions and activities otherwise prohibited by the new Executive Order (EO) of 20 August, together with a FAQ explaining the purpose of the new EO for “Blocking Property with Respect to Certain Russian Energy Export Pipelines” and an updated on about the purpose of the General License. 2 other FAQ have also been released – one concerned with bank loans, and other the interplay between the sanctions and import prohibitions imposed under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Act of 1991.
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