The U.S. extends technology restrictions to Belarus and the Russian oil industry.

The Biden administration on Wednesday lifted restrictions on the export of certain technologies to Russia and Belarus, saying the actions would reduce its ability to sustain a military campaign against Ukraine.

The new restrictions would prevent American companies from exporting certain sensitive items to support Belarus’ defense, aerospace and maritime industries, the administration said, which helped Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The move would extend Belarus to the same sanctions that the United States imposed on Russia in February. 24, prevents items such as technology and software from being routed by Belarus into restricted areas in Russia, the department said.

Companies around the world that use American software or technology to manufacture their products will also be banned from sending certain sensitive items to Belarus, while Belarusian military establishments will face stricter restrictions on global goods they can purchase.

The Commerce Department also said it would take steps to curb the flow of critical technologies into Russian oil refineries, which are a major source of revenue for the Russian military. The Biden administration had previously avoided imposing certain monetary sanctions on the Russian oil and natural gas industry in order to maintain global energy supplies and prevent inflation. But the administration said the move would be implemented over time, which would gradually worsen Russia’s position as an energy supplier without harming American consumers.

Certain companies and entities that have supported the Russian or Belarusian military will also be added to the blacklist, which bans the purchase of American products.

Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raymondo said the determination of the Ukrainian people had “a strong international response.”

“The Commerce Department will continue to take strong, coordinated action with our global allies and partners to put maximum pressure on Russia, its backers Belarus and any other party that seeks to support them,” she said.

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