The list now includes 153 people and 40 companies or entities. The machines were then illegally sent to a power project and modified locally in Krim, as the Russians call it.
The Russian Ministry of Energy slammed the recent decision of the European Commission to broaden its sanctions, blacklisting more individuals and firms accused of delivering Siemens gas turbines to Russia's Crimea peninsula.
The Russian Energy Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that "interference in a dispute between two business entities is a direct violation of global legal norms", adding that imposing a ban against Russian Deputy Energy Minister Andrei Cherezov over the issue of turbines was politically motivated and illegal. The plants have been partially built, but have been created to operate with gas turbines made by a Siemens subsidiary.More news: Libyan general Haftar orders to confront Italian ships
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According to Alessandrello, the imposed sanctions will mainly affect the ability of Russian Federation and Europe to compromise in the energy sphere.
According to Italian political expert Gianluca Savoini, one of the reasons why the European Union has changed its position is that Brussels wants to harm Trump, and thus help the American political elite that seeks his impeachment.
The EU sanctions in question consist of an asset freeze and a travel ban which will now apply to a total of 153 persons and 40 entities based in or affiliated with Russian Federation.
Shortly after the announcement of the new sanctions on Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry denounced the decision and expressed "deep regret" over the move by Brussels, calling the punitive measures "unfriendly, unjustified and unsubstantiated".