Joe Biden expected to sign proclamations raising tariffs on Russian goods imported into the United States
The United States they announced today, as it marks one year since Russia’s invasion of Ukrainenew sanctions against Russia and its allies, new export controls and tariffs aimed at undermining Moscow’s ability to wage war.
Washington also announced how it will provide additional military aid to Kiev worth 2 billion dollars as the latter prepares for a spring attack. The aid does not include F-16 fighter jets that Ukraine has requested.
President Joe Biden will confer with the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at 16:00 GMT to discuss what additional aid can be provided to the Ukrainians.
The United States joined its G7 allies in plans to impose sanctions that would target 200 individuals and entities and a dozen Russian financial institutions.
The sanctions concern targets in Russia and “third country agents” in Europe, Asia and the Middle East supporting Russia’s war effort, the White House said in a news release.
“We will impose sanctions to additional factors associated with Russia’s defense and technology industry; including those who are responsible for the fact that Russian stockpiles again include items subject to sanctions, or which enable the evasion of sanctions against Russia,” it said.
Biden is expected to sign proclamations on the increase in tariffs on Russian products imported into the United States. They will result in increased tariffs on more than 100 Russian metals, ores and chemicals worth about $2.8 million in Russia.
“It will also significantly increase the costs for aluminum smelted in Russia to enter the US market to compensate for the damage done to the domestic aluminum industry,” the White House said.
The US Commerce Department will take several export control actions, listing nearly 90 Russian and third-country companies, including companies in China, for engaging in evading sanctions to support Russia’s defense sector.
“Targeted companies will be prohibited from purchasing items, such as semiconductors, whether they are manufactured in the US or manufactured abroad with US technology or software,” the White House said.
The Commerce Department will also work with G7 allies to align measures on industrial equipment, luxury goods and other items, and will also announce new restrictions to prevent parts found on Iranian drones from reaching the battlefield in Ukraine, it said. the white house.
The Pentagon said the additional $2 billion in military aid to Ukraine includes more ammunition for HIMARS missile systems and a number of different types of drones, including Switchblades and the CyberLux K8.
The weapons will come from a fund known as the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative that allows the Biden administration to get weapons from industry instead of the US arms stockpile.
In a statement marking one year since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the United States had committed to providing at least $32 billion in military aid last year to Ukraine, including 8,500 Javelin anti-tank systems and 38 HIMARS.
“Putin thought that Ukraine’s defenses would collapse, that America’s resolve would be shaken, and that the world would look the other way. He was wrong,” Austin said.
“One year on, the brave defenders of Ukraine have not lost their strength, and neither has our commitment to support them as long as necessary,” he said.
According to an exclusive Reuters report, the United States plans today to announce $25 million in aid to support Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in the face of Russian attacks and $300 million in aid to Moldova, in part to help the Chisinau to be cut off from energy dependence on Russia.
The aid, described in documents seen by Reuters, is expected to be announced by Samantha Power, head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), on the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“The United States government remains committed to helping the Ukrainian government maintain the stability of its electricity system amid continued and brutal attacks on critical infrastructure by Russian forces,” a draft document on the $250 million aid to Ukraine reads. .
The $300m for Moldova includes $80m in budget support to offset high electricity prices, $135m for power generation projects and $85m to improve its ability to source energy supplies from alternative sources, according to a second draft document cited by Reuters.
“This aid will help Moldova address urgent needs created by (Russian President Vladimir Putin’s) war, while also strengthening long-term energy resilience and stronger connections with Europe,” the second document says.
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