Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

US, Canada Expand Anti-Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine

US, Canada Expand Anti-Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine

Briefing the media, US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said, "Today, the United States, EU, and Canada took coordinated action in response to Russia's continued aggression against Ukraine by imposing sanctions on individuals who orchestrated the unjustified November 25 attack on three Ukrainian naval vessels near the Kerch Strait".

In one of its more pointed statements, the Parliament stressed that the European Union should stand ready to adopt further sanctions against Russian Federation, especially those targeting individuals.

The bill, which has applied globally since 2016, authorises the USA government to sanction those who it sees as human rights offenders, freeze their assets, and ban them from entering the United States.

"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 global norms and undermine Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity", he added.

The Russian navy captured 24 Ukrainian sailors during the clash. The measures now apply to a total of 170 persons and 44 entities.

As stated by the European Council on 13 December, the EU requests the immediate release of all detained Ukrainian seamen as well as the return of the seized vessels and free passage of all ships through the Kerch Strait. A statement released by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland read: "Canada and its allies are unwavering in our support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity". "These new listings have been adopted by the Council as a response to escalation in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov and the violations of global law by Russian Federation, which used military force with no justification", the statement says.

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.

He added: "We call upon Russian Federation to immediately return to Ukraine the seized vessels and arrested crew members, and keep the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov open to ships transiting to and from Ukrainian ports".

European Union sanctions target eight senior Russian security personnel and military officers responsible for detaining three Ukrainian vessels in disputed waters off the coast of Crimea, which Russia illegally annexed in 2014.

Among them are Russian shipbuilding giant Zelenodolsk, the hydroacoustic equipment producer Okeanpribor, a diesel engine supplier to the Russian military, Zvezda, and an electronic parts supplier to the military, Fiolent.

In 2014, the U.S. imposed sanctions against Russian Federation for the first time following the unfolding of the Ukrainian crisis.

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