US restricts Russia’s access to foreign fertilizers and valves

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A tractor sows sunflower seeds and fertilizes the soil with chemicals at the “Leninskoye znamya” (Lenin’s Banner) collective farm, about 40 km (25 miles) southwest of Rostov-on-Don, April 25, 2011. REUTERS/Vladimir Konstantinov/File Photo

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WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) – The United States on Friday expanded export restrictions against Russia and Belarus, restricting access to imports of items such as fertilizers and pipe valves as they seek to increase pressure on Moscow and Minsk after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

President Joe Biden’s administration has also banned flights of American-made aircraft owned, controlled, or leased by Belarusians from traveling to Belarus “as part of the U.S. government’s response to Belarusian actions in support of the Russia’s aggressive conduct in Ukraine”.

Washington has sought to deepen sanctions against Russia and its ally Belarus after a withdrawal of Russian troops from northern kyiv revealed mass graves in the town of Bucha.

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The United States on Wednesday targeted Russian banks and elites with a new round of sanctions, including banning Americans from investing in Russia, in response to what President Joe Biden called “major war crimes.” committed by Russian forces in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion, which began on February 24, is Europe’s bloodiest conflict since World War II. Russia calls it a “special military operation” aimed at protecting civilians.

The Commerce Department said it would start requiring Russians and Belarusians to get a special license when they seek to source a host of goods from U.S. suppliers and vowed to deny those licenses. Commodities include fertilizers, pipe valves, ball bearings and other parts, materials and chemicals.

The administration said items made overseas with U.S. tools would also require a U.S. license, which the administration plans to deny.

“This is proof that they’re going to continue to tighten export controls and target economy-wide categories that they haven’t taken yet,” said lead researcher Emily Kilcrease. at the Center for a New American Security and former Assistant Assistant to the United States Trade Representative. , noting that the Commerce Department has now further restricted Russia’s access to all items whose export it regulates. “It is significant.”

The actions in late February and March imposed unprecedented controls on the export of US and foreign-made items destined for Russia or Belarus. These measures, coordinated with more than 30 other countries, restrict a wide range of products, software and technologies.

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Reporting by Alexandra Alper and Karen Freifeld Editing by Chris Reese; Editing by David Gregorio

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