EU Blacklists Six Russians Over Turbines to Crimea

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

Three Russian nationals and three companies were involved in the transfer of gas turbines to Crimea, an EU Council statement claimed. The legal action aims to stop delivery of other Siemens equipment that might be destined for Crimea and ensure that equipment already dispatched there is returned to Taman, the original destination.

The measures come despite the fact that the EU just days ago bitterly criticized the United States over fresh sanctions targeting Russian Federation for election meddling, on the grounds that it could harm European energy firms.

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

Last month, Germany-based Siemens reported that at least two gas turbines it had delivered to a Russian customer were rerouted to Crimea in violation of both the customer's contract with Siemens and the European Union embargo.

The European Union added three people and three companies to its list of sanctions over Russia's "illegal annexation" of Ukraine's Crimea region.


The EU said that setting up an independent power supply for Crimea supports its "separation from Ukraine" and that "gas turbines are a substantial element in the development of new power plants".

The three persons were added to the sanctions list for their responsibility in supplying Crimea with gas turbines from Russian Federation. The company said it is re-examining all its Russian contracts as a result. Moving them to Crimea breaches conditions of sale.

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.

The measures, which include a travel ban and an asset freeze, was the bloc's first reaction to the Siemens case, one of the biggest known breaches of the EU's sanctions on Russian Federation.

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