Russian Federation says European Union sanctions over Siemens turbine disputes groundless

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Russia invaded and annexed the Crimea in 2014 and continues to support pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.

In June, top Russian officials recently the West to "stop obsessing" over the Crimea, and kept denying Moscow's involvement in the war in Donbass. Earlier sanctions by the European body had barred doing business in Crimea.

"Brussels" decision to add some Russian officials and companies to the European Union sanctions list in response to allegedly "illegal' supply of Siemens-produced gas turbines to Crimea is disconcerting", the statement says.

Other EU sanctions on Russian Federation target its energy, financial and arms sectors.

"As part of its non-recognition policy, the Council has prohibited the supply of key equipment for infrastructure projects in Crimea and Sevastopol in important sectors, including gas turbines in the energy sector", it elaborated.

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Gas turbines are a substantial element in the development of new power plants, it pointed out. The proposal includes Siemens' Russian contractor, Technopromexport. 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.

It said the turbines originally had been sold for use at the Taman power plant in southern Russian Federation.

In mid-July, Germany's flagship manufacturing firm Siemens suspended cooperation with Russian state companies following reports that its electricity turbines were delivered to Crimea in violation of European Union sanctions. The EU Council adopted these legal acts by written procedure.

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".