The Biden administration on Thursday announced a series of restrictions aimed at cutting off Russia’s access to foreign products like semiconductors, computers, lasers and telecommunications equipment in response to its invasion of Ukraine.
The measures, which analysts called significant, will halt direct technological exports from the United States to Russia, in an effort to curtail Russian industries including defense, aerospace and shipping. They also go beyond previous sanctions issued by the U.S. government by placing new limitations on products that are manufactured outside the United States but use American equipment or technology.
Emily Kilcrease, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security said the new rules would probably usher in an immediate period of confusion and disruption, as companies try to figure out how to comply with the restrictions. But the real impact would be on the Russian economy and military capability over time. When electronics, airplanes and ships wear out, Russian entities will find themselves unable to buy new generations of technology.
“The ultimate effect of this is that it is freezing Russia’s technology stock where it is today,” Ms. Kilcrease said. “You can’t upgrade it, you can’t replace it, you can’t improve it.”
She added: “Once you get past this immediate confusion of how to comply with stuff, it’s really that long-term corrosive impact that’s going to be most detrimental to Russia.”
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