Haas F1 team releases statement after its principal company have been targeted as to supplying Russia with parts amid ongoing trial.
This goes back to last year when the case to came to light that a company out of Connecticut were involved in supplying or smuggling parts to Russia which was likely in violation under the US export and sanction rules put in place.
The authorities of US while working with the Latvian authorities intercepted a jig grinder in Riga before it was to be shipped to Russia last year, where they spotted that the parts in the containers were from ‘Haas Automation’.
With investigations ongoing by the US authorities, American publication PBS ran a story where it alleged that Haas Automation directly provided parts and machines to Russia which was in direct violation of US export control and sanctions regulations.
The F1 team along with the principal company Haas Automation released a statement putting down the said story noting that the deal with Abamet Management was terminated on March 3, 2022, after which no deal was ever done and nothing was exported.
Here’s the statement –
On Tuesday, March 14, PBS ran a story alleging that our team partner, Haas Automation, had directly provided machines and parts to Russia in violation of U.S. export control and sanctions regulations. As per Haas Automation’s company statement – that story is simply false, both in its overall impression and in many of its particular statements.
• Haas Automation is and has always been in full compliance with U.S. Government export control.
• No machines have shipped from the Haas Automation factory to Russia since March 3, 2022.
• The 18 machines referenced in the story left the Haas Automation factory prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
• Haas Automation voluntarily chose to terminate its relationship with the Russian distributor, which has never been required by any U.S. sanctions.
• Haas Automation completely supports Ukraine and its people in their defense against Russia.
On March 3, 2022, shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Haas Automation terminated, in its entirety, its relationship with its sole existing independent distributor for Russia and Belarus, Abamet Management. Since that date, Haas has not sold or shipped any machines, parts, or software to Abamet or anyone else in Russia. This crucial fact was made clear to the PBS reporter before the story was aired.
Haas Automation has been manufacturing machines for more than 30 years, and there are more than 200,000 Haas machines currently in use throughout the world. Throughout that period, Haas has been a strict adherent to all U.S. export control and sanctions regulations, and an even stronger supporter of the U.S. policy goals many of those regulations are designed to address.
Here’s the case report from 2022: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ct/pr/european-nationals-and-entities-indicted-charges-violating-us-laws-their-attempt-export
Here’s the sponsor list for F1 2023: https://formularapida.net/f1-2023-list-of-partners-sponsors-for-each-of-the-10-teams/
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