US, EU, Canada slap sanctions on Russian Federation over aggression against Ukraine

Clay Curtis
March 16, 2019

"This joint initiative with our partners in the European Union and Canada reinforces our shared commitment to impose targeted and meaningful sanctions in response to the Kremlin's attempts to disregard global norms and undermine Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity", said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

The EU sanctions will prevent named individuals from travelling within the EU, and freeze any known assets linked to them in the EU.

According to the US State Department, Washington's new set of restrictions have been introduced in coordination with the European Union and Canada. The 24 Ukrainian sailors are still being held by Moscow. Their names were put on the list of persons and entities involved in the violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, which was extended for another six months.

The US, Canada and the European Union on Friday again pressed for Moscow to release the detained Ukrainian crew.

The six defence firms were targeted over their operations in Crimea, where the U.S. says several "misappropriated Ukrainian state assets to provide services to the Russian military".

As stated by the European Council on 13 December, the EU requests the immediate release of all detained Ukrainian seamen as well as the return of the seized vessels and free passage of all ships through the Kerch Strait.

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Turkey supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine and does not recognize the annexation of Crimea, the foreign ministry said on March 16.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the new sanctions today, calling the measures a response to the ongoing occupation of Crimea and the Russian arrests of Ukrainian sailors in the Black Sea last November.

OFAC also designated the following individuals: Gennadiy Medvedev, the Deputy Director of the Border Guard Service of Russia's Federal Security Service; Sergey Stankevich, the Head of the Border Directorate of Russia's Federal Security Service; and Andrey Shein, the Deputy Head of the Border Directorate and Head of the Coast Guard Unit of Russia's Federal Security Service; and Ruslan Romashkin, the Head of the Service Command Point of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation for the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.

Among them are Russian shipbuilding giant Zelenodolsk, the hydroacoustic equipment producer Okeanpribor, a diesel engine supplier to the Russian military, Zvezda, and an electronic parts supplier to the military, Fiolent.

The Treasury also imposed sanctions on two Ukrainian separatists for backing "illegitimate separatist government elections" in eastern Ukraine, Treasury said.

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