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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 28, 2021, the Biden Administration issued a press release (“Press Release”) confirming the re-imposition of sanctions on certain Belarusian state-owned enterprises (“SOEs”) (presaged by the issuance of wind down Belarus General License 2H on April 19, 2021) and suspending the application of the 2019 US-Belarus Air Services Agreement (“2019 USB Agreement”) in response to the Belarusian government’s apparent forced diversion of a commercial flight to Minsk on May 23. The Press Release also…

On April 9, 2021, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published a final rule (“Final Rule”) in the Federal Register to add seven Chinese parties (together, the “Designees”) to the Entity List.¬† The Final Rule took effect on April 8, 2021. ¬†According to the Final Rule and the Commerce Department’s press release, the Designees were added to the Entity List because they have procured US-origin items for use in building supercomputers…

On March 18, 2021, the US State Department (“State”) published in a Federal Register notice that formally outlines the various US export controls targeting Russia that will be strengthened pursuant to the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (“CBW Act”) as a result of State’s determination that the Russian Government had used a chemical weapon against its own nationals in violation of international law. These measures were previously announced by…