European Union imposes Russian Federation sanctions over Siemens Crimea turbines

European Union imposes Russian Federation sanctions over Siemens Crimea turbines

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.

Among the Russians are a vice minister for energy and an Energy Ministry head of department.

In addition to the Crimea measures, the European Union imposed damaging economic sanctions against Russia after the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in July 2014, blamed by the European Union on pro-Russian rebels. The EU added three Russian nationals and three companies to its sanctions list over the issue.

The EU said the blacklisted companies also include Siemens' two contracting companies that moved the gas turbines to the Crimea in violation of EU sanctions, which bar business being conducted in the Black Sea peninsula since its annexation from Ukraine in 2014. The Commission says this contributes 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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The German government has expressed anger over the "completely unacceptable" turbine delivery to Crimea and pressed Siemens for answers.

Last month, Siemens said four of its gas turbines, designed for the project in Taman, were illegally delivered to the Crimea by a Russian contractor.

Gas turbines are a substantial element in the development of new power plants, it pointed out. Thus, the Russian Federation sanctions also pose a threat to the European countries and this might be the reason why Europe can not welcome such sanctions indirectly targeting its companies. On the contrary, some time ago Europe was even afraid that the U.S. President Donald Trump would lift the sanctions, thus making the European sanctions useless.

The EU has said it is ready to retaliate if the U.S. sanctions hurt EU energy firms, amid fears the American measures could interfere with a German-backed pipeline with Russian Federation.

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