The European Union has expanded its sanctions against Russian Federation over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, after gas turbines of German producer Siemens were transferred by Russian Federation to the Crimea. Moscow denies the allegation.
"Brussels" decision to add some Russian officials and companies to the European Union sanctions list in response to allegedly "illegal' supply of Siemens-produced gas turbines to Crimea is disconcerting", the statement says. Although European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker earlier said that EU members are seriously concerned about the outbreak of a new Cold War, it doesn't mean that Brussels will drastically change its policy. "And so be it until the full restoration of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea!" he wrote on Facebook.
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The EU has sanctioned three Russian citizens and three companies involved in the shipment of Siemens gas turbines to the Crimea. The move follows the transfer of gas turbines to the area. 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.
The latest wave of sanctions complements a blacklist that already contains 150 people and 37 firms subject to an asset freeze and a travel ban over the crisis in eastern Ukraine. On Friday, it introduced additional measures in response to the delivery of Siemens' gas turbines to Crimea, which violated its existing sanctions.
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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