Published: Sat, March 16, 2019

US, EU, Canada slap sanctions on Russian Federation over aggression against Ukraine

US, EU, Canada slap sanctions on Russian Federation over aggression against Ukraine

"This joint initiative with our partners in the European Union and Canada reinforces our shared commitment to impose targeted and meaningful sanctions in response to the Kremlin's attempts to disregard worldwide norms and undermine Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity", he added.

The United States, Canada and the European Union again pressed for Moscow to release the sailors.

"In this regard, based on the voiced proposal, let us instruct our profile committees together with the profile committees of the Crimea State Council to study this issue, analyze, calculate how much the Crimea economy lost due to this destructive policy of Ukraine, which was imposed here, how much people lost, what rights were violated, and through our parliamentary structures, European structures, we will oblige Ukraine to compensate for what Crimea has lost over these 25 years", he said.

The Russian navy captured 24 Ukrainian sailors during the clash. "The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is announcing these sanctions on 114 individuals and 15 entities, under the Special Economic Measures Act".

The decision takes the number of people blacklisted by the bloc over the crisis in Ukraine to 170 persons and 44 entities.

The EU said its sanctions affected senior security service officials and military commanders accused of preventing Ukrainian ships from reaching port.

The European Union has officially imposed the sanctions against the citizens of Russian Federation involved in the capture of the Ukrainian sailors near Kerch Strait in November 2018 as Radio Liberty reported.

The sanctions were slapped on six Russian defense firms, two Russian energy and construction companies operating in Crimea and few officials.

In the more than five years after Moscow invaded and illegally annexed neighbouring Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula, relations between the European Union and Russian Federation have soured to the point that the two sides, along with the rest of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and the Kremlin's hodgepodge of equally anti-Western allies, are now deeply involved in a second Cold War.

In addition, the Council of the European Union "added eight Russian officials to the list of those subject to restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine". They are still in Russian detention.

The United States additionally imposed sanctions on two Ukrainian separatists - Aleksey Naydenko and Vladimir Vysotsky - involved in organizing November elections in the breakaway east, which Washington says were a "sham".

The billionaire was slapped with sanctions in April a year ago, which targeted tycoons with close ties to the Kremlin.

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