“By deploying illegal nerve agents against dissidents, both inside and outside its borders, the Russian government has acted in flagrant violation of its commitments under the Chemical Weapons Convention and has directly put its own citizens and those of other countries at mortal risk. The Department of Commerce is committed to preventing Russia from accessing sensitive U.S. technologies that might be diverted to its malign chemical weapons activities,” the U.S. Department of Commerce stated.
It is noted that new export restrictions against Russia are extended in accordance with the regulation of the U.S. State Secretary toward the use by the Russian government of chemical or biological weapons against its citizens. By this, Russia violated the norms of international law.
According to the new restriction measures, Russia is denied in the export of goods tied with national security. It will be also put on the list of the countries that face the ban for export or import of weapon. Moreover, the license for service and replacement of parts and equipment for supply to Russia will be stopped.
On March 2, the United States imposed sanctions on Russian individuals and entities over Russia’s attempt to kill opposition figure Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent.
Later, the U.S. added on the list six Russian research institutions, which are known to be involved in the development of chemical weapons program.
Besides, the U.S. warned Russia of possible second round of sanctions due to the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. The U.S. diplomatic office recommended that Russia declares and destroys its secret program of chemical weaponry stocks under international supervision.