- Western allies are pushing the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to halt exports of critical goods to Russia.
- US, EU and UK have in recent weeks visited the wealthy Gulf state to spell out their trade restrictions and to press UAE officials to clamp down on suspected sanctions busting.
- Exports of electronic parts from the UAE to Russia jumped more than seven-fold last year to almost $283mn.
- US and allies shift focus from unleashing fresh rounds of sanctions to tightening enforcement and encouraging private sector compliance.
- UAE positions itself as a neutral regional power, balancing its close security and historical relations with western partners with increasingly close ties with military and economic powers such as Russia and China.
West presses UAE to clamp down on suspected Russia sanctions busting
Western allies are pushing the United Arab Emirates to halt exports of critical goods to Russia, as they seek to starve Vladimir Putin’s military of components to sustain its war against Ukraine.