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Azov crisis: U.S., Canada impose anti-Russian sanctions

Azov crisis: U.S., Canada impose anti-Russian sanctions

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions against six Russian individuals
and eight Russian organizations for the attack at the Ukrainian vessels in Kerch Strait in November 2016, as the press office of the establishment reported.
“The United States and our transatlantic partners will not allow Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine to go unchecked.  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 international norms and undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “The international community is strongly aligned against Russia’s naval attacks in the Kerch Straight, purported annexation of Crimea, and support for the illegitimate separatist-conducted elections in eastern Ukraine,” the message reads.

The Chairman of the Border Guard Service Gennadiy Medvedev, the Head of the Service Command Point of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation for the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol Ruslan Romashkin, the Head of the Border Directorate of Russia’s Federal Security Service Sergey Stankevich and his Deputy Andrey Shein were included into the sanctions list.
GUP RK KTB Sudokompozit (Sudokompozit), PAO Zvezda, AO Zavod Fiolent (Fiolent), LLC SK Consol-Stroi LTD were sanctioned as well.
Earlier, the EU imposed sanctions against Russians involved in the attack at the Ukrainian sailors in Kerch Strait in November 2018.

As we reported earlier, On November 25, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them.
All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, the rest came to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

Facing an extension of the sentence term, Ukrainian POWs detained in the Kerch Strait refused to testify in Lefortovo court. Sailors were distributed into six groups, four people in each. On January 15, 2019, Moscow's Lefortovo district court decided to keep 20 Ukrainian sailors in remand until April 24. On January 16, the court extended the detention term for another 4 sailors.
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