US sanctions individuals, entities supporting Russia’s “occupation” of Crimea, “forcible control” of Eastern Ukraine

WASHINGTON, The US imposed Thursday financial sanctions on three individuals and nine entities that are “supporting Russia’s attempt to integrate Crimea region of Ukraine through private investment and privatization projects or those are engaging in serious human rights abuses in furtherance of Russia’s occupation or control over parts of Ukraine.” The Department of State stressed in a statement that today’s action “reinforces the Crimea Declaration of July 25, 2018, stating that the United Sates does not and will not recognize Russia’s purported annexation of Crimea.” It affirmed that the designations “underscore the United States’ steadfast partnership with Ukraine and the European Union in unified opposition to Russia’s illegal purported annexation and occupation of Crimea and use of force to control parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Eastern Ukraine.” For her part, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker said in a separate statement that the US “is leveraging new authorities to target Russian actors for serious human rights abuses in parts of Ukraine that the United States government has determined are forcibly occupied or otherwise controlled by the Russian government, and other reprehensible acts in furtherance of the Kremlin’s malign agenda.” “Treasury remains committed to targeting Russian-backed entities that seek to profit from Russia’s illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea. Our sanctions are a clear reminder that efforts seeking to normalize investment and economic relationships with those operating in Crimea will not be tolerated and are subject to US and EU sanctions authorities,” she stressed.

As result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of the designated persons subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

Source: Kuwait News Agency