Biden has strengthened sanctions against Russia’s Wagner Group

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U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration announced introducing new restrictions on the export of technology for the Russian armed formation “Wagner Group.” The main goal is to further cut off supplies to the private military company because of its role in the Russian-Ukrainian war, writes Reuters.

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New strict restrictions on access to technologies

From now on, the PMC “Wagner” will be defined as an “end user of military equipment” and will face new strict restrictions on access to technologies produced worldwide on American equipment.

“The Wagner Group is one of the most well-known mercenary organizations in the world, actively committing crimes and violating human rights all over Ukraine. Today, we are sending a clear message to non-state actors seeking to pick up the brutality from Putin’s army that the U.S. Department of Commerce will not hesitate to act against them,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security Alan Estevez.

The United States supports Ukraine

As the publication notes, this step demonstrates the United States support for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who visited the White House on Wednesday, December 21.

In early December, a group of senators introduced a bill to the U.S. Congress that required the recognition of PMC Wagner as a terrorist organization.

The bill requires U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to add the Wagner Group to the list of foreign terrorist organizations within 90 days after its adoption.

“The Wagner Group threatens the interests and security of the United States, our allies, and our partners. We must hold accountable those responsible for Putin’s war against Ukraine and atrocities elsewhere. Designating this mercenary group as a foreign terrorist organization will send a powerful message to those in Russia and all who seek to harm the world,” said a member of the House of Representatives, Richard Hudson.

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