On Thursday, February 24, the United States Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) put in place a number restrictions on exports to Russia, which include the export of telecommunications equipment, “that will severely restrict Russia’s access to technologies and other items that it needs to sustain its aggressive military capabilities,” the Commerce Department said when announcing the actions.
The US Commerce Department’s BIS said in a press release:
“Russia-wide restrictions to choke off Russia’s import of technological goods critical to a diversified economy and Putin’s ability to project power. This includes Russia-wide denial of exports of sensitive technology, primarily targeting the Russian defense, aviation, and maritime sectors to cut off Russia’s access to cutting-edge technology. In addition to sweeping restrictions on the Russian-defense sector, the United States government will impose Russia-wide restrictions on sensitive U.S. technologies produced in foreign countries using U.S.-origin software, technology, or equipment. This includes Russia-wide restrictions on semiconductors, telecommunication, encryption security, lasers, sensors, navigation, avionics and maritime technologies. These severe and sustained controls will cut off Russia’s access to cutting edge technology.”