According to the Taiwanese media “Economic Daily”, citing reports of the “Economic Times” of India, Russia has limited the export of inert gases such as sun and neon. This restriction mainly applies to companies that use these gases to produce chips. Given that Russia and Ukraine are collectively one of the largest exporters of helium and neon gas, this is a problem. In terms of sun, the US is by far the largest producer. Other major producers are Qatar, Algeria and Russia. However, the US is quite conservative in its natural resources. So you can be sure that the United States will not just fill the void left by Russia.
This means that the Russian ban will further aggravate the problem of global chip shortages. According to a Reuters report, the Russian government would require a special state permit to export these gases. This will last until December 31 of this year. In the past, Russia has supplied Japan and many other countries with these gases.
According to the Russian Cabinet, the export of the relevant raw materials will be decided by the federal government. A report by India’s “Economic Times” indicates that Russia intends to use it natural resources as bait. It will use the “exchange” to import semiconductors in exchange for these gas exports. However, there is no confirmation from the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade regarding the export of these gases. The situation is a bit complicated now, given the previous agreement of the Russian cabinet.
Russia is likely to comply with a previous technological ban
Russia’s Deputy Trade Minister Vasily Shpak, responding to a question from a Reuters reporter, said the move would provide an opportunity to “re-align broken supply chains and create new ones”. However, India’s Economic Times believes the move is in retaliation for a previous international ban on the supply of related semiconductors required for Russian microchip production.
Taiwanese “Economic Daily” media reported that without Russia’s neon, argon, solar and other gases, it may be more difficult for some countries to produce electronic products. Russia supplies 30% of the world’s neon gas. In April, the White House warned that chipmakers needed to better decentralize their supply chains to prevent Russia from restricting some of the key raw materials needed to produce chips in retaliation for technological sanctions imposed by Europe and United States.
This is becoming more and more interesting day by day and this is an important test for the USA. The United States is the most important nation against Russia and the world expects to react to any action by Russia.