US, EU Slap New Sanctions on Russia Over Ukraine

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The United States has imposed fresh sanctions on Russian Federation relating to Ukraine, targeting six individuals and eight organisations, according to a statement from the US Treasury.

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

In turn, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland has announced sanctions on 114 individuals and 15 entities, under the Special Economic Measures Act.

The UK has consistently stood with Ukraine in opposing this attack and all instances of Russian aggression towards Ukraine, including Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea five years ago.

"The United States and our transatlantic partners will not allow Russia's continued aggression against Ukraine to go unchecked", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

We, with our global partners, stand with Ukraine in opposing Russia's ongoing efforts to undermine Ukrainian security, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"We call upon Russian Federation to immediately return to Ukraine the seized vessels and detained crewmembers, and keep the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov open to ships transiting to and from Ukrainian ports", added State Department spokesman Robert Palladino in a statement.

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The EU on Friday added eight more Russians to its sanctions list over a stand-off between Russia and Ukraine in the Azov Sea, including senior security service officials and military commanders that the EU accuses of preventing Ukrainian ships from reaching port.

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".

Robert Palladino, a spokesman for the US State Department, called on Russian Federation to respect Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The six defense firms were targeted over their operations in Russian-annexed Crimea, where the United States says several "misappropriated Ukrainian state assets to provide services to the Russian military".

The Parliament also said the Russian government's continued and active support for anti-EU parties and far-right movements in Europe posed a major security threat to the 28-member bloc, and that the Kremlin continues to order Russia's intelligence services to carry on meddling in political elections and violate the human rights of Russian citizens.

New companies on the USA sanctions list are the following: Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant, Zelenodolsk Shipyard Plant named after A.M. Gorky, AO Kontsern Okeanpribor (Okeanpribor), PAO Zvezda (Zvezda), AO Zavod Fiolent (Fiolent), GUP RK KTB Sudokompozit (Sudokompozit), LLC SK Consol-Stroi LTD, and LLC Novye Proekty.

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