US company accused of violating sanctions and doing business with Russian arms industry

The email reads:

“Haas no longer supplies machines, spare parts or anything else to any company in Russia. Statements to the contrary are false.”

But our investigation puts that story in doubt. Customs records reviewed by “NewsHour” show that shipments continued for months after the Russian invasion began. At least 18 shipments were made to Russia directly from Haas worth $2.8 million from March 4 to October last year. Sanctions or not, the Russian arms industry depends on technology developed in other countries.

Agiya Zahrebelska is the head of the sanctions department at the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption, the Ukrainian government body that sets sanctions policy. She told the “NewsHour” that the problem was much larger than Haas. The German Siemens and the Japanese DMG Mori are also manufacturers of CNC machine tools.

Agiya Zahrebelska, National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption: About 70-80% of the Russian machinery industry is Western machinery, imported machinery.

You don’t have a guided missile, you don’t have a tank, you don’t have a gun, just a gun, if you don’t have a CNC machine.

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