USA imposes new Ukraine-related sanctions on Russian Federation

US EU Canada slap sanctions on Russia over aggression against Ukraine

Six Russian officials, six defense firms and two energy and construction firms were targeted, either over the seizure of Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Straight, or for their activities in Russian-annexed Crimea or separatist eastern Ukraine, a US Treasury statement said.

According to the US State Department, Washington's new set of restrictions have been introduced in coordination with the European Union and Canada.

In one of its more pointed statements, the Parliament stressed that the European Union should stand ready to adopt further sanctions against Russian Federation, especially those targeting individuals.

On 25 November, Ukraine's Berdyansk and Nikopol gunboats and the Yany Kapu tugboat illegally crossed the Russian maritime border as they sailed toward the Kerch Strait, the entrance to the Sea of Azov.

"The United States and our transatlantic partners will not allow Russia's continued aggression against Ukraine to go unchecked".

We, with our global partners, stand with Ukraine in opposing Russia's ongoing efforts to undermine Ukrainian security, sovereignty and territorial integrity. The measures now apply to a total of 170 persons and 44 entities.

The EU said its sanctions affected senior security service officials and military commanders accused of preventing Ukrainian ships from reaching port.


Russian President Vladimir Putin called the incident a provocation, noting that there were members of the Ukrainian security service, who were in charge of the operation, on board the Ukrainian vessels.

The European Union has officially imposed the sanctions against the citizens of Russian Federation involved in the capture of the Ukrainian sailors near Kerch Strait in November 2018 as Radio Liberty reported.

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

These sanctions are "in response to Russia's military actions against three Ukrainian vessels and the capture of Ukrainian sailors in the Black Sea in November 2018" and "coordinated with the European Union and the United States", underscoring "continued transatlantic unity in responding to Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine and its violation of worldwide law".

New companies on the USA sanctions list are the following: Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant, Zelenodolsk Shipyard Plant named after A.M. Gorky, AO Kontsern Okeanpribor (Okeanpribor), PAO Zvezda (Zvezda), AO Zavod Fiolent (Fiolent), GUP RK KTB Sudokompozit (Sudokompozit), LLC SK Consol-Stroi LTD, and LLC Novye Proekty.

The billionaire was slapped with sanctions in April past year, which targeted tycoons with close ties to the Kremlin.

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