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Russia has ‘reasonable sufficiency’ to ride out Western sanctions on military components, says expert

17th March 2022 - 09:12 GMT | by Tim Martin in Belfast

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A Russian Su-35 fighter jet in flight. (Photo: Russian MoD)

Dr Richard Connelly, director of the Eastern Advisory Group and RUSI Associate Fellow, suggests that sanctions placed on Russia's defence industry and a ban on the transfer of critical components for equipment production, imposed following Moscow's decision to invade Ukraine, are less impactful than the US might expect.

A Russian economics analyst has said that Western sanctions may cause less damage than expected to Moscow's ability to develop new weapon systems and sustain its war in Ukraine.

Access to microelectronics has long troubled Russia and COTS microchips supplied by companies including Intel are banned under sanctions introduced by the US in February.

‘Russia has one of the most sovereign, self-reliant defence economies in the world and though that’s not absolute, as it relies on other counties for certain components, there aren’t many countries that are in a better position to be able to still churn out weapons

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