European Union extends Russian Federation sanctions over Crimea

Phillip Butler
August 6, 2017

In June, top Russian officials recently the West to "stop obsessing" over the Crimea, and kept denying Moscow's involvement in the war in Donbass.

The EU has sanctioned three Russian citizens and three companies involved in the shipment of Siemens gas turbines to the Crimea.

The latest tightening comes in response to the delivery of Siemens' gas turbines to Crimea in violation of European Union sanctions, which bar doing business there since the annexation that has not been internationally recognised.

According to Alessandrello, the imposed sanctions will mainly affect the ability of Russian Federation and Europe to compromise in the energy sphere.

The people and companies added to the list are responsible for delivering Siemens turbines to Russian-annexed Crimea.

The EU Council cautioned further that establishing an independent power supply for Crimea and Sevastopol supported their separation from Ukraine, and undermined "the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine".

It said the turbines originally had been sold for use at the Taman power plant in southern Russian Federation.

Three companies, including Technopromexport, were also targeted by the new sanctions. The measures include the reduction of the United States' diplomatic presence to 455 people, or the same number of Russian diplomatic workers now residing in the United States. On Friday, it introduced additional measures in response to the delivery of Siemens' gas turbines to Crimea, which violated its existing sanctions.

The European Council said those sanctioned will be subject to a travel ban and a freeze of assets held in the EU.

On July 28, Moscow announced countermeasures in response to the U.S. sanctions bill and to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomatic staff from the United States in late 2016.

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