Published: Sat, August 05, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Russian Federation says reserves right to retaliate over new European Union sanctions

Russian Federation says reserves right to retaliate over new European Union sanctions

The European Union extended the sanction list against Russian Federation related to Siemens turbines supply to Crimea by adding three individuals and three companies, press service of the EU Council said on Friday.

A department head at the Russian ministry, Evgeny Grabchak, is also now barred from traveling to the European Union and any assets he may have in the bloc will be frozen.

The new USA sanctions can affect EU efforts to diversify its energy supply, particularly in the Baltic region, the European Commission head warned.

The EU - which has a strict policy of refusing to recognise Moscow's annexation of Crimea - said 153 people and 40 companies had now been targeted by individual sanctions against Russian Federation.

European Union has expanded blacklist under one of its three sets of sanctions over Russia's encroachments against Ukraine.

The EU said the blacklisted companies include Siemens' two Russian contractors that moved the turbines.

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The EU said 153 people and 40 companies had now been targeted by individual sanctions against Russian Federation.

"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 companies hit by sanctions are the firm that bought the turbines, the current owner of the machinery, and a firm that specialises in setting up power plants in Crimea.

But some US media reports suggest tougher sanctions - passed by both houses of US Congress last week by an overwhelming and veto-proof majority - are retribution for Moscow's alleged meddling in 2016 US presidential elections and Donald Trump's friendliness with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

European interests should be always taken into account when it comes to enabling new United States sanctions, Juncker said in an interview to the German ARD-Europastudio Brussel.

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