INTELBRIEF

February 21, 2023

IntelBrief: Russia Tries to Parry Western Sanctions

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Bottom Line up Front

  • U.S. and European sanctions – a core component of the allied response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – have damaged Russia’s economy but have not crippled Moscow’s war effort.
  • Russia has been able to manage the financial effects of Western sanctions as well as redirect its exports of oil and gas from European markets to China, India, and other buyers.
  • Some key semiconductor and other technologies are still reaching Russia, but sanctions have complicated Russia’s efforts to obtain the highly sophisticated chips needed for precision-guided weaponry.
  • Russia has been able to exploit the willingness of governments in the Caucasus and elsewhere to allow the flow of Western industrial equipment and other vital goods to Russia.
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