US F1 team denies parent company has been sending machines to Russian arms distributors

Haas Formula 1 team has defended itself against allegations its parent company has violated US sanctions by providing machines and parts to Russia

The statement comes after US broadcaster PBS ran a story on Tuesday alleging Haas Automation was working with Russian arms agencies.

PBS cited the Economic Security Council of Ukraine, who had filed paperwork to US agencies that handle sanction compliance.

Reporter Simon Ostrovsky said in his report:

The ESCU said it spent months combing through Russian government procurement databases and customs records to establish that Haas, the largest machine tool builder in the Western world, supplies multiple Russian weapons manufacturers with sophisticated equipment known as computer numerical control machines, or CNC.

The story alleged 18 machines had been sent to Russia, from Haas, since sanctions were imposed following the war in Ukraine.

Haas Formula 1 team released a statement on Thursday claiming the story “is simply false”.

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