Under U.S. sanctions were Crimean resorts and Luhansk counterintelligence

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The U.S. government expanded sanctions list against Russia in Ukraine and Crimea, adding to three individuals and nine organizations. This is stated in the documents posted on the website of the Ministry of Finance of the United States.

The list included the head of the chamber of Commerce of Crimea Alexander Basov, Andrey Sushko and Vladimir Zaritsky. Under the restrictive measures also included the sanatorium “AI-Petri”, “Dulber”, “Mishor” Spa “Mriya” LLC “southern Project”, JSC “Krymteploelektrotsentral”, “Garant-SV”, “Management company for infrastructure projects” and the Ministry of state security of the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s Republic.

Informed the special representative of the US State Department on Affairs Kurt Volker said the new sanctions will be imposed against individuals and organizations that participated in business projects on the territory of Crimea or have violated human rights on the Peninsula and during the military conflict in the Donbass. Walker stressed that Washington is ready to maintain the existing restrictions and to tighten the sanctions regime if Russia will not help end the conflict

The EU, USA and several other countries have introduced restrictive measures against Russia in 2014 and linking them with the accession to Russia of Crimea, and then — with the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine. In response, Moscow imposed a ban on food imports from most of the countries that supported anti-Russian sanctions.

The Kremlin insists that the procedure for the annexation of Crimea was fully consistent with international norms. Moscow also claims that Russian troops in the Donbass, and Russia is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine, but only performs the role of a mediator in resolving the crisis.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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