The United States has decided not to extend its sanctions against the Belarusian Optical Mechanical Association (BelOMO). The Belarusian company is on a list of entities that are no longer subject to US sanctions, which was published by the US Department of State on May 29.
It is to be recalled that on May 23, 2011 the U.S. put BelOMO, a company producing military equipment and optical guidance systems, and Beltecheksport dealing with the modernization of aviation and air defense systems on the list of companies subjected to sanctions. The sanctions meant that US government agencies were banned from buying any goods, services or technologies from the companies or providing any assistance to them.
The U.S. State Department announced then that the basis of the imposition of two-year sanctions was the information about alleged cooperation of the listed companies with countries covered by the UN embargo on arms trade: Iran, North Korea and Syria. The companies were accused of supplying to those countries equipment or technology that could be used in developing weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles.
It became known a week ago that the sanctions against Beltechexport had not been prolonged. The US State Department has provided no explanations for its decision to remove BelTechExport and BelOMO from its blacklist.