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US presses UAE over dual-use goods fueling Russia's war

US officials, along with their counterparts from the European Union and United Kingdom, are visiting the UAE this week to discuss the Gulf country's financial dealings with Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in Saint Petersburg on October 11, 2022. (Photo by Pavel Bednyakov / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by PAVEL BEDNYAKOV/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is pressuring the United Arab Emirates to halt the flow of goods that US officials say are being used to bolster Russia’s war effort. 

Senior officials from the United States, European Union and United Kingdom are visiting the wealthy Gulf country this week for what the State Department said is part of its “broader diplomatic engagement” with partner countries to discuss holding Russia accountable for its invasion of Ukraine. 

After imposing a barrage of sanctions to squeeze the Russian economy, the Biden administration has sought to choke off the supply of Western-made products, such as computer chips, that Russia’s defense industry can repurpose for military use. 

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