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US warns of sanctions against suppliers of ammunition to Russia

The US Treasury Department

The United States has said it can slap sanctions on individuals, countries and companies that provide ammunition to Russia or support what it calls the Russian military-industrial complex, as Washington deepens its involvement in the Ukraine conflict.

US Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo on Friday held a meeting with officials from 32 countries, which included representatives from EU countries, Canada and South Korea, and the United States to discuss sanctions on Russia, Reuters reported.

Officials discussed additional steps planned to target Russia's military-industrial complex and the effects of numerous rounds of sanctions imposed by the US and its partners over Russia’s conflict with Ukraine.

Adeyemo announced that the US is prepared to take action against those outside the United States evading American sanctions against Russia.

The US Treasury Department also warned that Washington is prepared to impose sanctions on those providing ammunition or other military goods to Russia as well as private military companies or paramilitary groups that participate in or support Russia's war in Ukraine, according to Reuters.

Additionally, the Treasury, Commerce and State departments outlined actions that have been taken against Russia’s military-industrial complex.

They issued an alert that said that by restricting Russia's access to advanced goods, technology and services, Washington and its partners have constrained Russia's ability to replace weapons.

The United States will also claim that Russia is "expending munitions at an unsustainable rate" and turning to friendly countries for supplies and equipment, including, drones, rockets and artillery munitions, according to a copy of the presentation from Morgan Muir, deputy director of national intelligence for mission integration, seen by Reuters.

Meanwhile, the US Treasury and Commerce departments warned that anyone outside Russia, including individuals and companies, that provide political, economic or material support to Moscow faced a heightened risk of sanctions by the United States.

The Treasury sanctions generally freeze any US assets of those designated as Russian accomplices and bar Americans from dealing with them.

The Treasury said two weeks ago it imposed sanctions on 14 people in Russia's military-industrial complex, two leaders of the central bank, family members of top officials and 278 members of the legislature "for enabling Russia's sham referenda and attempt to annex sovereign Ukrainian territory."

Russia's Central Bank governor Elvira Sakhipzadovna Nabiullina, families of Security Council members and more than 100 Russian Duma lawmakers were included in the new round of US sanctions.

Since Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine in late February, the Biden administration has slapped a slew of sanctions against Russian officials and its financial institutions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin himself, his closest advisers and major banks have been targeted in the coordinated US attempt to cut off finances and deal a blow to the Russian economy.


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