New Sanctions Placed on Russian Chemical Weapons Developers

The U.S. alleges Russia has used chemical weapons in Ukraine.

President Biden’s administration announced new sanctions against those involved in Russia’s chemical weapons development programs. The administration alleges that Russia used the lung-damaging chemical chloropicrin against Ukrainian troops, which violates the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The Treasury Department placed sanctions on nearly 200 entities and individuals, while the State Department blacklisted 80 connected with the use of chemical and biological weapons. 

The State Department said that this action “specifically reflects the concern of the United States and our international partners with entities based in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that both produce and provide critical inputs to Russia’s military-industrial base.“

“Today’s actions will further disrupt and degrade Russia’s war efforts by going after its military-industrial base and the evasion networks that help supply it,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said.

Some of the sanctions also ban Russian uranium imports for use in nuclear energy production.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For discernment for the president and Cabinet secretaries as they assess the war in Ukraine and ways to support U.S. allies.
  • For Secretaries Blinken and Yellen as they work to inhibit Russia‘s use of chemical weapons against Ukraine.

Sources: The Hill, UPI


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