US reflects on technology restrictions on Russia to thwart Putin

The Biden administration and its U.S. allies are discussing possible controls on exports to Russia, including restrictions on sensitive technologies and electronics, which would be imposed if President Vladimir Putin captured more of the world. ‘Ukraine, said a person familiar with the talks.

Although no decision has been made, the trade restrictions could apply to exports from the United States to Russia and possibly some products manufactured abroad, according to the person. Measures are also being considered to deprive Russia of microelectronics made with or based on American software or technology, the person said.

As President Joe Biden’s administration ramps up its rhetoric against the Kremlin ahead of a series of talks involving Russia next week, the scenarios would seek to take advantage of US dominance in technology to hit the military, civilian and ambitions sectors. technology of Russia.

The impact could range from avionics on planes and machine tools to smartphones, game consoles, tablets and TVs, the person said. As part of some actions, Russia could face export controls as strict as those of Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria, according to the person.

Separately, a senior US official said on Saturday that the Biden administration would refrain from making firm commitments in talks with Russia next week aimed at easing tensions over Ukraine, and is considering talks with its allies before. any agreement.

The United States plans to seek out areas of competition and is ready to explore reciprocal restrictions on strategic bombers and ground exercises, the official said on Saturday. But the United States will not negotiate reduced troop deployments, the official said, denying an NBC News report.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Moscow on Friday of using military threats, disinformation and targeted assassinations to build a sphere of influence beyond its borders.

The remarks by Blinken and the US official were in line with what he and other administration officials have said in recent weeks. The comments offered more signals that the United States will not offer major concessions – in tone or substance – when senior US and Russian officials begin talks in Geneva on Monday.

Russia is not optimistic as the talks approach, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with Interfax. The country’s negotiators want a quick resolution, Ryabkov said. He reiterated that Moscow demands security guarantees to stop NATO’s expansion, including withdrawing certain forces and keeping missiles out of border countries, according to the press service.

These discussions will be followed by meetings between members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Russia in Brussels, followed by a gathering of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe later in the week as Western officials are trying to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw the more than 100,000 troops he has massed on the Ukrainian border in recent months.

The US official said the US and Russia may be able to come to an agreement on the placement of an offensive missile system in Ukraine. Putin has raised concerns about the prospect of such a system, although Biden has told Putin he has no plans to create one, the official said.

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