Russian Federation says European Union sanctions over Siemens turbine disputes groundless
06 August 2017, 01:34 | Hattie Nash
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"There are no legal grounds for the European Union to include the two officials on its sanction list", said the ministry, adding that it was waiting for an explanation from Brussels. Western companies are now prohibited from doing business in Crimea.
The EU also said the blacklisted companies include Siemens' two Russian contractors that moved the turbines.
In June, top Russian officials recently the West to "stop obsessing" over the Crimea, and kept denying Moscow's involvement in the war in Donbass.
"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.
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The additions contribute to the existing blacklist of 150 people and 37 firms subject to asset freezes and a travel ban to European countries. 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.
"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 said in a statement.
The companies placed under sanctions are the contracting party which purchased gas turbines and is responsible for the transfer, the current owner of the gas turbines, and a company specializing in control and communication systems for power plants, including in the Crimean cities of Sevastopol and Simferopol.
On July 28, Moscow announced countermeasures in response to the USA sanctions bill and to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomatic staff from the United States in late 2016.
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