The official guidance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury includes Frequently Asked Questions pages, directives related to Ukraine and Russia, and details of relevant executive orders.
Resources for Navigating CAATSA Sanctions
In response to the Russian invasion of Crimea and Ukraine, the international community imposed a series of sanctions on Russia. In 2017, the President of the Unites States signed into law the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act" (CAATSA), which among other things, imposes new sanctions on Iran, Russia, and North Korea. Section 231 of the act allows for strict sanctions to be imposed on individuals who trade in arms from these countries.
Countries have legitimate security needs to safeguard their nation and they accomplish this end through diplomatic and military means. RAND research and commentary provides information to help countries effectively assess Russian actions around the world.
This page links to some external resources from the U.S. government and private experts to help describe the intent of the act, and how to navigate its rules.
Guides and Frequently Asked Questions
This guide from international law firm White & Case describes some of the targets of CAATSA sanctions, including organizations and persons.
The U.S. State Department's Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation publishes this collection of releases on CAATSA Section 231, and updates on implementation.
Implementing CAATSA Section 231 Diplomacy (PDF) Aug. 21, 2018
During testimony before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Christopher A. Ford, Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, describes the U.S. State Department's approach to implementing CAATSA Section 231.