Governor Roy Cooper on Monday signed an order ordering government agencies and agencies to review all existing contracts and transactions and terminate any agreements or transactions that directly benefit Russian organizations. The order comes after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“The invasion of Ukraine is an attack on the free people,” Cooper said. “This order sends a strong message and helps ensure that no government dollars or operations from North Carolina will benefit Russia and its unwarranted aggression. Our state is in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, who are bravely fighting the tyrant to defend their country, their democracy and their freedom. “
The executive order applies to all government agencies and departments over which the governor has executive powers, as well as government agencies for which the governor appoints the head or a majority of board members.
A Cooper Office press release said other North Carolina government agencies and local governments were “strongly encouraged” to adopt similar policies, including disposing of Russian assets, to ensure that government dollars and operations do not benefit Russia, and to avoid new contracts with Russian organizations.
This procedure includes, but is not limited to:
· Sales of Alcohol: The ABC North Carolina Commission is tasked with reviewing its list of approved products for any manufactured by Russian organizations and suspending the approval of such products as soon as possible.
· Procurement and Contracts: The Administrative Department, Procurement and Contracts Department, is tasked with terminating any such contracts with Russian organizations as soon as they are identified.
Currently available information from the ABC North Carolina Commission suggests that three alcohol brands – sickle and hammer, beluga and Russian standard – will be subject to the order, the release said.