EU Sanctions Russian Deputy Minister, Others In Siemens Case

Lena Tucker
August 6, 2017

The EU said 153 people and 40 companies had now been targeted by individual sanctions against Russian Federation. The machines were then illegally sent to a power project and modified locally in Krim, as the Russians call it.

"Responsibility for this decision, including possible economic costs incurred by Siemens and other German, as well as European, companies working in Russian Federation is fully vested in the EU and Germany's government", the ministry stressed.

Earlier in the day, the European Union imposed additional sanctions on Moscow over a scandal surrounding the transfer of turbines supplied by German company Siemens to the Russian peninsula of Crimea in violation of previous Brussels' sanctions.

The Commission said the move contributed to the establishment of an independent power supply for Crimea and Sevastopol, which "supports their separation from Ukraine, and undermines the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine".

Three companies, including Technopromexport, were also targeted by the new sanctions. The move follows the transfer of gas turbines to the area. 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. The sanctions, consisting of an asset freeze and travel ban, now apply to 153 people and 40 entities, the council said.

The legal acts, including the names of the persons and the statements of reasons for listing them, are available in the EU Official Journal of 4 August 2017.

Crimea has been subjected to European Union sanctions on energy technology since Russian military forces seized control of the Ukrainian region in March 2014 and the Kremlin staged a referendum that has been deemed as illegitimate by most countries in the world.

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