European Union to Expand Russia Sanctions Over Crimea Siemens Scandal
06 August, 2017, 01:37 | Author: Devin Moran
"The EU has added three Russian nationals and three companies involved in the transfer of gas turbines to Crimea to the list of persons subject to restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence", the EU statement said.
In April, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told the Russian Parliament that "work is continuing despite problems related to the delivery of equipment from a Western company".
On Friday, the European Union added to the sanctions list three Russian officials: Russian Deputy Energy Minister Andrey Cherezov, the head of the department of operational control and management in Russia's electric power industry, Evgeniy Grabchak, and state firm Technopromexport CEO Sergey Topor-Gilka.
The EU said 153 people and 40 companies had now been targeted by individual sanctions against Russian Federation.
The turbines were originally sold by German company Siemens for use in other parts of Russian Federation and were then transferred to Crimea, according to the company.
According to Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser, such actions undermine the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.
The three persons were added to the sanctions list for their responsibility in supplying Crimea with gas turbines from Russian Federation.
The EU also said the blacklisted companies include Siemens' two Russian contractors that moved the turbines. "In order to use the U.S. gas it is necessary to construct big gas liquefaction plants in the United States, deliver gas to Europe and then utilize it in power grids", Alessandrello told Sputnik.
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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