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3 Apr 2023

Haas Automation, Siemens & DMG Mori allegedly doing business with Russian arms industry; incl. cos. comments

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A report by PBS claims shipments to sanctioned Russian weapon manufacturers from US-based Haas Automation continued for months after Russia's invasion began.

Agiya Zahrebelska, the head of the sanctions department at the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (the Ukrainian government body that sets sanctions policy), says the problem is much wider than just Haas. According to her, Germany's Siemens and Japan's DMG Mori are also computer numerical control machine tool manufacturers believed to be key to the continuing function of Russia's arms industry.

Haas Automation informed the journalists that it had cut ties with its Russian distributor on 3 March of last year, just a week after Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine began.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Siemens and DMG Mori to respond. Both companies responded. The responses can be found below.