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On May 20, 2020 a draft bill on amendments to the Federal Law on Counter Sanctions was introduced to the Russian Parliament. The proposed amendments authorize the Government to allow importation of sanctioned goods to Russia if:  the goods constitute essential commodities that do not have analogues in Russia; and/or  the goods do have Russian analogues, but there is deficit of such goods due to particular circumstances (national emergency, high-alert regime, etc.) Sanctioned…

In response to the growing impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus in Europe, a number of countries have implemented national controls to restrict the export of medicines and medical equipment, such as face masks, gloves, and protective clothing. Over the weekend, the EU Commission reviewed actions taken by Member States and, while it has discouraged Member States from adopting measures which would limit intra-EU trade, it has introduced a temporary export ban on exports of certain…