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

Alan Olson
August 6, 2017

Moscow denies the allegation. Earlier sanctions by the European body had barred doing business in Crimea.

"The responsibility for this decision, including possible expenses for Siemens and other German and European companies working in Russian Federation, lies entirely with the EU's side and the German government", the ministry's statement further read.

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.

But Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he was "grateful" to the EU, calling the sanctions a "powerful message to the aggressor about unwavering unity and solidarity among the capitals of the European Union".

The Commission said the move contributed to the establishment of an independent power supply for Crimea and Sevastopol, which "supports their separation from Ukraine, and undermines the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine".

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Gas turbines are a substantial element in the development of new power plants, it pointed out. On Friday, it introduced additional measures in response to the delivery of Siemens' gas turbines to Crimea, which violated its existing sanctions. The proposal includes Siemens' Russian contractor, Technopromexport. The sanctions, consisting of an asset freeze and travel ban, now apply to 153 people and 40 entities, the council said.

It said the turbines originally had been sold for use at the Taman power plant in southern Russian Federation.

The legal acts, including the names of the persons and the statements of reasons for listing them, are available in the EU Official Journal of 4 August 2017.

On July 28, Moscow announced countermeasures in response to the U.S. sanctions bill and to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomatic staff from the United States in late 2016.

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