Nerval's Lobster writes: Russian president Vladimir Putin appears to be interjecting himself into the controversy over T Platforms, the Russian supercomputer maker essentially blacklisted by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Meanwhile, T-Platforms’ highest-profile U.S. customer, SUNY Stony Brook, says it severed ties with T-Platforms last year. In March, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security added T-Platforms’ businesses in Germany, Russia and Taiwan to the “Entity List,” which includes those believed to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. Commerce felt, according to the notice, that T-Platforms may be illegally assisting the Russian military and/or its nuclear program. In the meantime, Russian president Vladimir Putin has reportedly weighed in on the T-Platforms question. “That’s right. The use of political levers for unfair competition,” Putin said, according to RBTH.ru. “Our European colleagues are independent people and they claim they want to work with us in certain spheres, yet they act as though they are absolutely dependent and unable to make their own decision. Is that so?” It’s odd that Putin was quoted talking about “European colleagues” when the Americans were responsible for cutting T-Platforms off. In any case, does it indicate that some political pressure may be brought to bear to allow the Russian supercomputer maker back into the United States? Let’s see if it happens.
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