More than three years of coordinated European Union and USA sanctions, however, have not forced a change of hand in Moscow, which vows to never give back Crimea and still supports the armed conflict in east Ukraine which has killed more than 10,000 people.
The new European Union sanctions against Russia over the delivery of Siemens turbines to Crimea is in direct violation of worldwide law, the Russian Energy Ministry has stated. The machines were then illegally sent to a power project and modified locally in Krim, as the Russians call it. Western companies are now prohibited from doing business in Crimea.
It said in a statement Friday that the turbines were sold to Russia by German electricity giant Siemens for use on Russian territory. "This is the reason why, in accordance with a sad tradition, no legal arguments for blacklisting the Russian Energy Ministry officials have been provided", the statement adds. "And so be it until the full restoration of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea!" he wrote on Facebook.
A recommendation to send high-tech tank-killing weapons to Ukraine to help in its fight against Russian Federation is now at the White House, three USA officials told NBC News. The latest additions complement a blacklist that already contains 150 people and 37 entities subject to an asset freeze and a travel ban over the turmoil in Ukraine.
The companies placed under sanctions are the contracting party which purchased gas turbines and is responsible for the transfer, the current owner of the gas turbines, and a company specializing in control and communication systems for power plants, including in the Crimean cities of Sevastopol and Simferopol.
On July 28, Moscow announced countermeasures in response to the USA sanctions bill and to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomatic staff from the United States in late 2016.