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US, Canada, EU hit Russian Federation with fresh sanctions over Ukraine

US, Canada, EU hit Russian Federation with fresh sanctions over Ukraine

With no end in sight to the current standoff over the Kremlin's aggressive foreign policy posture towards the West, the European Parliament on 12 March overwhelmingly voted to approve a report stating that Russian Federation "can no longer be considered a "strategic partner" and that "the EU cannot envisage a gradual return to "business as usual" until Russian Federation fully implements the Minsk Agreement which lay out a process for achieving peace in eastern Ukraine and restores the territorial integrity of Ukraine", the Parliament said in reference to a 2015 accord that was meant to de-escalate the fighting in the Donbass.

It said Moscow was acting "within the norms of worldwide law" in arresting the Ukrainians.

Canada imposed sanctions on 114 people and 15 entities in response to Russia's military action against the Ukrainian ships, while the European Union sanctioned eight more Russians over the stand-off.

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

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". Their names were put on the list of persons and entities involved in the violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, which was extended for another six months.

Twenty-four Ukrainian crew members were detained in the naval incident.

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Moscow alleged that the vessels had illegally entered Russian territorial waters near Crimea, which Russia occupied and annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

These sanctions are "in response to Russia's military actions against three Ukrainian vessels and the capture of Ukrainian sailors in the Black Sea in November 2018" and "coordinated with the European Union and the United States", underscoring "continued transatlantic unity in responding to Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine and its violation of worldwide law".

Six Russian defense firms with operations in Crimea were targeted for misappropriating Ukrainian state assets to provide services to the Russian military during the annexation, it said.

The US also imposed sanctions on two Ukrainian separatists for their support of "illegitimate separatist government elections". They are still in Russian detention.

"I have spent 30 years of my life building companies that are major players in the global economy, and will not let that hard work - along with millions of jobs and individual livelihoods - be destroyed by political scheming", he said in the statement sent by his spokeswoman.


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