Dutch foreign minister urges chip makers to prevent chips from ending up in Russia

Dutch Foreign Minister Wobke Hekstra speaks during a press conference in The Hague, Netherlands, January 16, 2023. (Piroschka van de Wouw/Reuters)

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government on Tuesday called on Dutch chip makers to do more to prevent their chips from ending up in Russia in violation of international sanctions.

Foreign Minister Wopke Hekstra speaks to the Dutch parliament after a report by state broadcaster NOS found that millions of Dutch chips had ended up in Russia since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. He called the situation “embarrassing.” Intermediate trader in China.

Chipmakers active in the Netherlands include NXP Semiconductors and Nexperia, owned by China’s Wingtech Technology.

“I believe companies are doing a lot, but I also believe they can do a lot more,” Hoekstra said.

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A semiconductor chip on a computer circuit board, taken on February 25, 2022. (Florence Lo/Reuters)