European Union to impose more Russian Federation sanctions over Siemens case on Friday: diplomats

US and European flags float in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels 22 February 2005

Three Russians individuals, including Deputy Energy Minister Andrei Cherezov, and three Russian companies were added by Brussels on Friday to the blacklist of individuals and firms banned by the EU.

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.

Political analyst Styopa Safaryan, founder and head of Yerevan-based Armenian Institute of worldwide and Security Affairs, noted the aforesaid in an interview with Panorama.am, commenting on the question why Europe, that has posed its own sanctions on Russian Federation, is uneasy about the fresh US sanctions on that country.

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.

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.

Earlier in the day, the European Union imposed additional sanctions on Moscow over a scandal surrounding the transfer of turbines supplied by German company Siemens to the Russian peninsula of Crimea in violation of previous Brussels' sanctions.


The EU is maintaining its own sanctions against Russian Federation.

Technopromexport, as well as a limited liability company of the same name (OOO VO TPE) were added to the list for the involvement in the purchase and installation of the gas turbines in Crimea.

The companies hit by sanctions are the firm that bought the turbines, the current owner of the machinery, and a firm that specializes in setting up power plants in Crimea.

"He, however, pointed that US Congress has indicated that these sanctions will be imposed only in consultation with the US allies".

European interests should be always taken into account when it comes to enabling new U.S. sanctions, Juncker said in an interview to the German ARD-Europastudio Brussel.

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