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On June 2, 2022, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) added additional Russian and Belarussian entities to the BIS Entity List, enacted new licensing requirements for food, medicine for military end-users on the Entity List, and stated that they would be making charging letters public in a pair of Final Rules (here and here).  We have outlined these developments in additional detail below.   Additions of Russian and Belarusian Entities…

On May 16, 2022, the Biden administration announced the relaxing of certain limited Cuban sanctions and other regulatory changes to expand communication, travel, and commerce between the United States and Cuba. The related fact sheet can be found here. The US State Department outlined four changes to Cuba policy in the announcement: Facilitate family reunification: The Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program will be reinstated and capacity for consular services and visa processing will continue to…

On April 25, 2022, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) re-issued General License 13R (“GL 13R”) and General License 15L (“GL 15L”), narrowing those authorized activities with GAZ Group and entities owned 50% or more by GAZ Group (“GAZ”), as further described below. OFAC also issued a set of updated FAQs to clarify the scope of authorized activities under these GLs. Our most recent blog post on these GLs is available…

On February 23, 2022, as “another piece of [the US government’s] initial tranche of sanctions in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine,” the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) designated Nord Stream 2 AG, the Swiss company in charge of building Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, and its German chief executive officer, Matthias Warnig, to OFAC’s List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons. The sanctions on Nord Stream 2 follow…