US imposes more sanctions on Russia over Crimea
The United States imposed additional sanctions on Russian individuals and companies over Crimea’s re-integration with Russia in 2014.
Iran Press/ Europe: The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Ukrainians, a Russian officer and nine entities for Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and what was claimed by U.S. Treasury as "the profiting from the occupation".
According to Reuters, one of the entities sanctioned - the Limited Liability Company Southern Project - was linked to Bank Rossiya and Russian businessman Yuri Kovulchuk, the Treasury Department said.
Kovulchuk, whom the United States government has called “the personal banker” for senior Russian officials, is a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and was previously sanctioned by the United States over the Crimea crisis.
The sanctions will freeze any US-based assets and ban financial transactions with the targets, who include Vladimir Zaritsky, the former commander-in-chief of Russia's missile forces and artillery who is leading a hotel project in Crimea.
The US Congress had mandated the latest round of sanctions slapped on Russia.
The new sanctions are unacceptable and such attempts to influence Moscow are doomed to fail, TASS news agency reported Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Thursday.
It is not the first time that US imposes sanctions against Russia: Earlier, on August 22, the first wave of sanctions took effect which banned licenses for exports of sensitive national security material to Russia, on the basis of the allegations of chemical weapon use by Moscow against former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the United Kingdom and demanded that Moscow allow international on-site inspections.
When a reporter pointed out it was Putin who decided to integrate Crimea, President Trump insisted, "No, no. It was President Obama that allowed it to happen."
In 2014, after a referendum Russia integrated Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula whose population is largely ethnically Russian but was part of Ukraine. Western powers have vowed never to recognize the integration. 203/103