Russian Federation: new European Union sanctions over Siemens turbines violate worldwide law

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The Kremlin has censured a recent decision by the European Union to broaden the scope of its anti-Moscow sanctions list over Russia's delivery of Siemens gas turbines to Crimea, saying the provocative move was "against the global law".

The Russian Ministry of Energy slammed the recent decision of the European Commission to broaden its sanctions, blacklisting more individuals and firms accused of delivering Siemens gas turbines to Russia's Crimea peninsula. Earlier sanctions by the European body had barred doing business in Crimea.

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Russia's Deputy Energy Minister Andrei Cherezov, Department Director of the Ministry Evgeny Grabchak, and Chief Executive of Technopromexport Sergey Topor-Gilka were added to the sanction list along with OAO and OOO Technopromexport and ZAO Interavtomatika companies, wrote Russian state news agency TASS. "And so be it until the full restoration of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea!" he wrote on Facebook.

The three persons were added to the sanctions list for their responsibility in supplying Crimea with gas turbines from Russian Federation. On Friday, it introduced additional measures in response to the delivery of Siemens' gas turbines to Crimea, which violated its existing sanctions. The plants have been partially built, but have been created to operate with gas turbines made by a Siemens subsidiary. The proposal for providing weapons to Ukraine comes amid tension between the White House and Congress over how to respond to Russian interference in the 2016 election, and an investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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The EU sanctions in question consist of an asset freeze and a travel ban which will now apply to a total of 153 persons and 40 entities based in or affiliated with Russian Federation. "If they do it, the only reason would be the desire to harm Trump", the expert concluded.

The EU measures began in 2014 after Crimea was incorporated into the Russian Federation following a referendum in the territory.

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