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On June 8, 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14033 “Blocking Property and Suspending Entry Into the United States of Certain Persons Contributing to the Destabilizing Situation in the Western Balkans” (“EO 14033”), expanding the sanctions regime related to the Western Balkans. The White House also issued a fact sheet that details the US administration’s policy goals. US State Secretary Antony Blinken also issued a statement emphasizing the role that EO 14033 serves in modernizing…

On June 21, 2021, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued Belarus General License 3 (“GL 3”) authorizing certain transactions with the newly designated State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus (“Belarusian KGB”) along with related FAQs (FAQ 912 and FAQ 913). In addition to the Belarusian KGB, OFAC designated 16 new parties to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (“SDN List”) pursuant to Executive Order…

On May 18, 2021, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued General License 1B, “Authorizing Transactions Involving Securities of Certain Communist Chinese Military Companies,” (“GL 1B”) in relation to OFAC’s Communist Chinese Military Companies (“CCMCs”) sanctions program as implemented pursuant to Executive Order 13959 (“EO 13959”) and amended by Executive Order 13974. Our blog posts on EO 13959 and OFAC’s prior guidance on the CCMC sanctions program are available here and here. As with the…

In the past several days, the US Government has issued a slew of sanctions measures targeting Russia. These represent the first major escalation of sanctions against Russia under the Biden Administration and, according to a White House Fact Sheet , are stated to be in response to Russia’s “harmful foreign activities,” including efforts to undermine free and fair democratic elections and institutions, malicious cyber activities (including the recent SolarWinds incident), transnational corruption, targeting of dissidents…