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NYT: Russia gets sanctioned technology through cooperation with China and Morocco

Sophia ZakrevskaNews
The NYT explains how Chinese traders and Moroccan ports help Russia

Despite a number of sanctions packages, the aggressor country Russia still has access to technologies whose sale to it has been banned or restricted. Thanks to intermediaries, it was not too difficult for Russia to obtain telecommunications equipment, surveillance equipment, microchips for advanced computing and weapons systems, and drones.

China and Morocco, in particular, have become important intermediaries for Moscow. The New York Times writes about this.

Russia was able to take advantage of gaps in sanctions against it by purchasing the necessary Western technologies through networks of intermediaries in China. Russians use shell companies to disguise their activities.

Russian websites that sell electronics - Nag, OCS Distribution, 3Logic Distribution, and 4Telecom - offer sophisticated technologies from major American and European manufacturers such as Cisco, HP, Juniper, Ericsson, Nokia, and others. Before the sanctions were imposed, they used to legally trade in Western technology, but now they get it from China and sell it on the Russian market.

"According to the Silverado Policy Accelerator, a nonprofit organization that studies Russian trade routes, China and Hong Kong supplied 85% of semiconductors imported to Russia from March 2022 to September 2023, compared to 27% before the start of the full-scale war," the report said.

NYT: Russia gets sanctioned technology through cooperation with China and Morocco

As for Morocco, this African country has become useful to Moscow because of its ports. Through them, Russia receives goods from global technological production centers, particularly from China, which are then placed on other ships bound for Russia: a process known as transshipment.

Russia's trade mission in Morocco boasted that their "direct support" had turned the African country into a center for electronics transportation.

"If one supplier stops selling, they find another. If a shipping route is cut off, it is replaced by another," the article says.

As reported by OBOZ.UA, the European Union has agreed on the 12th package of economic and individual sanctions against Russia. According to it, in particular, from January 1, 2024, a ban on the import of non-commercial diamonds mined, processed or produced in Russia will be introduced.

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