On December 22, 2023, President Biden issued Executive Order (E.O.) 14114 further addressing the Russian Federation’s (Russia) continued use of its military-industrial base to support its aggression against Ukraine and to further counteract Russia’s continued evasion of U.S. sanctions. This latest round of sanctions targets foreign financial institutions (FFIs) that engage in certain transactions involving Russia’s military-industrial base. It is likely additional sanctions will be adopted as we approach the second anniversary of the war in Ukraine.

Specifically, E.O. 14114 amends E.O. 14024 to authorize sanctions against FFIs that have

  1. conducted or facilitated any significant transaction or transactions for or on behalf of any person designated pursuant to E.O. 14024 for operating or having operated in the technology, defense and related materiel, construction, aerospace or manufacturing sectors of the Russian economy or other sectors as may be determined to support Russia’s military industrial base; or
  2. conducted or facilitated any significant transaction or transactions, or provided any service, involving Russia’s military-industrial base, including the sale, supply or transfer, directly or indirectly, to Russia of any item or class of items as determined by the Secretary of the Treasury.

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Last month, the United States, along with other G7 members, stepped up efforts to curtail Russia’s evasion of western sanctions adopted to impede Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It has been reported in the press that U.S. components are showing up in weapons systems used against Ukraine and from firms that produce high-technology equipment ultimately sold