Russian Federation says reserves right to retaliate over new European Union sanctions

EU Blacklists Six Russians Over Turbines to Crimea

European Union diplomats on August 4 said Deputy Energy Minister Andrei Cherezov and a department head at the ministry, Yevgeny Grabchak, have been added to the sanctions list for "actions undermining Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence". Earlier sanctions by the European body had barred doing business in Crimea.

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.

The new European Union sanctions against Russia over the delivery of Siemens turbines to Crimea is in direct violation of global law, the Russian Energy Ministry has stated.

The EU decision to blacklist two Russian Energy Ministry officials is puzzling, while its interference in the dispute between Siemens and Russia's Technopromexport (part of the Rostec Corporation) violates global law, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

The EU Council cautioned further that establishing an independent power supply for Crimea and Sevastopol supported their separation from Ukraine, and undermined "the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine".

Three companies, including Technopromexport, were also targeted by the new sanctions.

The latest wave of sanctions complements a blacklist that already contains 150 people and 37 firms subject to an asset freeze and a travel ban over the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

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 plants have been partially built, but have been created to operate with gas turbines made by a Siemens subsidiary.

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