European Union slaps sanctions on 3 Russians, firms over Crimea turbines

Posted August 06, 2017

"Establishing an independent power supply for Crimea and Sevastapol supports their separation from Ukraine and undermines the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine", the European Council, which defines the EU's overall political direction and priorities, said in a statement. The machines were then illegally sent to a power project and modified locally in Krim, as the Russians call it.

The European Union has widened sanctions against Russian companies and persons, including the deputy energy minister, over the illegal diversion of four Siemens gas turbines from southern Russia to Ukraine's Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula.

"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. Diplomats in Brussels said the Russian energy ministry official is involved in bilateral cooperation with Italy and has since escaped being sanctioned. "And so be it until the full restoration of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea!" he wrote on Facebook.

Three companies, including Technopromexport, were also targeted by the new sanctions. The plants have been partially built, but have been created to operate with gas turbines made by a Siemens subsidiary. The proposal includes Siemens' Russian contractor, Technopromexport.

The latest wave of sanctions complements a blacklist that already contains 150 people and 37 firms subject to an asset freeze and a travel ban over the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

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.