Australia in its support to Ukraine has expanded its sanctions against Russia and has banned all exports of alumina and bauxite. Russia is dependent on Australia for 20% of alumina and bauxite and limiting the export to Moscow can affect the Russian federation in myriad ways. The announcement was made by the Australian government on Sunday stating that " Russia depends on Australia for approximately 20 per cent of its alumina needs and banning the export will affect the production of alumina in Russia." Alumina is a crucial export material for Russia.
The sanction to ban the export came after Canberra sanctioned oligarch Oleg Deripaska, who owns a stake in Queensland Alumina Limited – a mutual investment between Russian aluminum company Rusal and mining giant Rio Tinto. The mining giant has also claimed to breach all business ties with Russia.
Besides, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also confirmed the move and said that his government is working with partners to ensure that "Putin is put under immense pressure to withdraw its army from Ukraine."
The Prime Minister of Australia Morrison further added that his government has leveled 476 sanctions against Russian institutions and individuals with the onset of the invasion. Additionally extending its support to Ukraine, he also announced that Australia would donate 70,000 tonnes of thermal coal to Ukraine, pursuing a request from Ukraine.
“We comprehend that it can strength up to one million homes,” he said.