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February 16, 2022
U.S. Risks Blowback Over Russia Chip Sanctions
Journalist Brendan Bordelon
The Biden administration is widely expected to impose unprecedented — and potentially devastating — technology and financial sanctions against Russia should the Kremlin move forward with an invasion of Ukraine, with the White House specifically aiming to choke off its supplies of cutting-edge microchips.
The Biden administration has “been so detailed and vocal about [chip sanctions] that for them to not follow through is pretty much unfathomable,” said Martijn Rasser, the director of the technology and national security program at the Center for a New American Security.
Rasser also said the Kremlin is unlikely to sit quietly as Washington chokes off its supply of advanced microchips. If the FDPR is used aggressively, he warned of “very destabilizing cyberattacks” on U.S. and Western targets that could dwarf previous Russian efforts.
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