U.S. Embassy to Russia does not link entities list expansion to Ukraine situation

Expansion of the list of entities on which restrictions of the U.S. Department of Commerce have been imposed does not tighten sanctions over the Ukraine situation, the U.S. Embassy to Russia has said.

Expansion of the list of entities on which restrictions of the U.S. Department of Commerce have been imposed does not tighten sanctions over the Ukraine situation, the U.S. Embassy to Russia has said.

"This action by the Commerce Department is not an expansion of our Russia/Ukraine-related sanctions; it is housekeeping to bring U.S. export controls into closer alignment with the OFAC sanctions announced on July 30. We refer you to the Commerce Department for more information," Embassy press secretary William Stephens told Interfax on Sept.2.

"Today, the Department of Commerce made additions to its Entity List in order to align it with changes to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list made on July 30 in connection with Russia/Ukraine sanctions," he said.

"Parties on the Entity List are subject to a license requirement for exports, re-exports, and transfers (in-country) of all items subject to the Export Administration Regulations," the Embassy press secretary said.

"The July 30 set of sanctions was intended to maintain the integrity of our sanctions by checking evasion attempts, strengthening sanctions implementation, and more closely aligning our measures with those of the European Union and Canada," he added.

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