Questions tagged [sanctions]

Sanctions are actions taken by countries against others for political reasons, either unilaterally or multilaterally.

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What possible legal action a country will face if it's proved that a leaked biological material from it caused millions of deaths worldwide? [closed]

Below is just current example and the question isn't about China but a general one. One popular theory for the origin of the COVID-19 virus is that, rather than jumping from animals to humans in the ...
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What happens if a company/individual conducts business with a sanctioned (embargoed) country when the sanction is not from their country?

Let's say that country A is under economic sanction (embargo) from country B, and country C is a key ally of country B. What happens if a company/individual from country C does business with country A?...
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Has the Biden administration communicated its reasoning for maintaining the embargo against Cuba?

The US currently has a trade embargo against Cuba, which has been in the news recently due to protests against the latter's government. During the Trump administration, these sanctions were tightened. ...
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Why did Google ban Myanmar from accessing Google Workspace?

I am a student from Myanmar. Our country had a coup 6 months ago and many countries are imposing sanctions on the military junta for killing and abusing its own people. Google has blocked access to ...
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Why doesn't the EU adopt sterner sanctions against people with connections to the Kremlin living in the EU?

Russian officials and oligarchs often live in prosperous European nations. The EU has a lot of leverage. It could issue an ultimatum: either do this by this date (for example, release all political ...
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Why there is nearly no international community response to Colombia protests?

Protests in Colombia are going on since 27 April 2021. There is even an wiki article about it, showing widespread police violence and many victims: The protesters want the riot police to be disbanded ...
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How effective has the sanction on selling of arms to China been?

1989 Tiananmen Square protests In 1989, the USA and the EU put sanctions on the sale of arms to China because of the Chinese crackdown on the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. Has the sanction ...
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Are Venezuela's dismal finances the result of Maduro's mismanagement, the US sanction, or both? [duplicate]

Is the dismal financial situation of Venezuela because of Maduro's mismanagement or the US sanction or both?
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Which laws are relevant to evaluate whether the EU might launch further sanctions against Russia in the case of Alexey Navalny?

I reflect on which sanctions might be taken by the EU against Russia since they demonstrate again by the case of Navalny how they treat human rights of the oppostion in Russia. Since my research on ...
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Do foreign sanctions on US individuals compel US banks and businesses to cut ties with them or not doing business with them?

Can a foreign country's sanctions on US individuals compel the US banks or companies to cut ties or not do business with them (even on US soil)? For e.g. China, in January, sanctioned Mike Pompeo, ...
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Is the USA able to place a full-fledged sanction on China as they did in the case of Russia? [closed]

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits Iran Say, the aforementioned $400 billion deal between China and Iran goes through. Is the USA able to place a full-fledged sanction on China as they did in ...
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Why did US impose sanctions on Huawei?

I am reading this article which mentions: But having only just become a major player in 5G standards boards, Huawei is now grappling with U.S. sanctions that have all but crippled its smartphone ...
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Why has Pakistan never faced the wrath of the USA similar to other countries in the region, especially Iran?

As far as I understand, the USA's Middle East policy more or less revolves around Israel and its security. The countries which had antagonistic policies toward Israel were either taken out by Israel ...
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Were there any sanctions for the Khashoggi assassination?

In 2018, opposition journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally assassinated by Saudi Arabian agents. Were there any sanctions for that act?
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Why hasn't Russia or China come up with any system yet to bypass USD?

China urged to tap RCEP trade deal for future digital payments system as US sanctions loom China should consider using digital technology to develop an alternative to the SWIFT financial payments ...
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Can all sanctions imposed by Trump administration be removed by Biden?

Secretary Pompeo has recently announced some more sanctions on Iranian Astan Qods foundation. It seems that Biden wants to return to JCPOA and he should remove sanctions to be able to negotiate with ...
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What is the basic difference between Turkey using S-400 vs India purchasing S-400 or Greece using S-300? [duplicate]

See: Why is there different policies from the USA for Turkey vs Greece/ India? My above question was closed. So, I am reformulating the question and posting it again. Russian S-300s used by 3 NATO ...
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Would Joe Biden lift the sanctions imposed on Huawei if he wins?

Has Joe Biden specifically said anything about lifting sanctions imposed on Huawei if he wins the election?
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What effect do economic sanctions for human rights violations have?

"Protect Human Rights" page of UN says The UN Security Council, at times, deals with grave human rights violations, often in conflict areas. [...] the Security Council can opt for ...
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Is any country allowed to purchase conventional arms from North Korea?

North Korea Military Parade 2020 I was watching the latest North Korean video on its military parade. Looks like they have developed an impressive arsenal, and more importantly, a formidable defense ...
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What US can response to China restriction on rare-earth elements export? [duplicate]

Recently, Nikkei Asian Review posted an interesting article - the main point is that China is preparing restrictions on rare earth metals to countries opposing China. That is treated as Chinese answer ...
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Why did the US dispossess an Iranian ship carrying natural gas to Venezuela?

I prefer the terms "filch" or "dispossess", not "seize", because: [a] "senior U.S. official told The Associated Press that no military force was used in the ...
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Why does the US want other nations to support them in their sanctions policies?

I have read a little bit about US sanctions against Russia and Iran. Why do they require other countries too to stop/minimise trading with Iran and Russia? Certain things that I can remember now: ...
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Why hasn't the UK sanctioned Hong Kong officials, like the USA?

On August 7, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury sanctioned 11 individuals e.g. Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu, Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng and ...
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Does the World Health Organization have the power to impose sanctions?

In the last couple of days, WHO officials have criticised the UK government's approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, describing the government's reliance on developing herd-immunity amongst the British ...
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Why doesn't the EU use its economic power to deal with Turkey's demands?

Despite Turkey having a (in comparison) weak economy, the European Union seems incapable of putting them into their place. As far as I can tell, there is no reason to fear a military conflict (NATO), ...
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Does Iran have any trade deals with China and if it does, can they protect Iran's economy from economic sanctions?

I read about how Iran has been looking to China for trade in response to sanctions from the United States and the West and how Iran already trades with China using oil. However, what I want to know is ...
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What/Are there any boundaries to sanctions?

From: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/iranian-national-charged-115-million-sanctions-busting-scheme-n1128071 When Karimi was interviewed by FBI agents and others earlier this ...
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Is Turkey busting the US (oil) sanctions on Iran?

What is known about the extent of Turkey's compliance with US sanctions on Iran? I've read some conflicting reports. One from May said that Turkey completely stopped buying Iranian oil, obeying US ...
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Has the US fined any European companies for sanctions-busting since Trump took power?

In 2014 the US imposed the largest fine until then for "sanctions busting" on BNP Paribas in the amount of $9 billion for circumventing sanctions on Sudan, Iran and Cuba. Have other European ...
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How different are JCPOA snapback sanctions from those in effect due to the US “maximum pressure” campaign?

About a week ago, the E3 have triggered the Dispute Resolution Mechanism of JCPOA after Iran has announced yet another escalation of their non-compliance. (Germany in particular has confirmed that ...
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What are effective countermeasures for the EU against US sanctions?

There are US sanctions that have a negative impact on political and economic interests of the EU, e.g., Iran, Nord stream. Many comments on German news criticize the EU for not retaliating strongly ...
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Do extra-territorial laws violate some basic principle of democracy?

The US Congress has recently passed a law penalizing foreign companies and individuals in Europe for working on a gas-pipeline from Russia to Germany. This law affects non-US citizens in Europe and ...
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Communicating the Nord Stream 2 sanctions

The US has moved to sanction companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which transports gas directly from Russia to Germany. At a glance over German and European news, the US public ...
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Has the Trump administration enforced sanctions related to the Skripal poisonings?

This question is sort of a follow up to Russian sanctions under Trump ; in short, have Russian sanctions related to the Skripal poisonings actually been implemented/enforced? Background on this ...
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How do US sanctions work?

Suppose I'm the US president. I decide that country X should be sanctioned (not through the UN). I tell my chief of staff to make it happen. Then... what happens next? He tells the Dept of State? The ...
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How can Germany increase investments in Russia while EU economic sanctions against Russia are still in place?

According to Wikipedia EU economical sanctions against Russia are still in place: The sanctions by the European Union and United States continue to be in effect as of May 2019. In July 2018, the ...
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On what basis can the US push for sanctions of Iran's missile activities at the UN?

On 7 March 2019, Acting U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Jonathan Cohen, in a letter to Secretary-General António Guterres urged the United Nations to put new sanctions on Iran for its new ...
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Cost of oil sanctions to world's consumers

Crude oil prices could sink by as much as $30 a barrel if China decides to buy Iranian crude oil in retaliation to the latest U.S. tariff measures, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. CNBC ...
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What has been the result (so far) of the new US sanctions on Iran?

About 14 months ago, President Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran. As I remember, one of goals of the sanctions was to reduce Iran's influence in the Middle East by reducing its financial resources. ...
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What happens if a country redefines itself?

Consider the following possible scenarios for a country A: The legislature decides to change the name to B After a successful revolution or coup d'état, a new country is established having the same ...
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On what principle did UK seize an Iranian oil tanker? Is there no right of passage for third countries?

In July 2019, the United Kingdom seized an oil tanker carrying oil from Iran to Syria. Reportedly, this is to enforce EU sanctions against Syria. But neither Iran nor Syria are members of the EU, so ...
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What are the US sanctions on Iran's Supreme Leader?

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei today. It was also stated that sanctions will be imposed on Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in the upcoming week. ...
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Do any NATO members control rare resources that could be blocked in response to China blocking rare earth materials shipments to the US?

Let's say China decides to go ahead and block shipments of rare earth materials to Western countries. Is there a way for NATO members to retaliate and block crucial shipments to China?
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Are Washington's threats over Nord Stream 2 pipeline against WTO rules?

I heard that the U.S. is considering imposing sanctions against Germany if it proceeds to build the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and import gas from Russia, but I was wondering if such trade restrictions ...
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How to interpret 'economic zones'?

This was an exam question conducted in Feb 2019: write an Essay on "New war fronts lie in economic zones." Since the question seemed to be open ended, to me at least, I would like to know what ...
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Explanations for the large rebound in EU-Russia trade in 2017?

The European Commission estimated the cost of sanctions [imposed on Russia] for the EU to €40bn (0.3 per cent of the EU GDP) in 2014 and €50bn (0.4 per cent of EU GDP) in 2015. In addition, it was ...
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Can defense acquisitions by countries be kept secret?

Or are they usually are? Take for example between US and its allies. In modern days, are there any safe guards for them to be kept classified. Or safeguards to be kept transparent? Take for example: ...
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Is there a name for sanctioned populations turning against their own governments rather than turning against the sanctioning power?

For a long time I have been wondering whether there is a specific concept given to the phenomenon that occurs when a fraction of local populations who are at the receiving end of sanctions or any ...
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Sanctions on countries with legal but cruel punishments

I'm not aware of any sanction imposed on countries for legal but barbaric punishments, such as limb amputation in Saudi Arabia, or caning in Malaysia. By "barbaric punishment" I mean what most people ...