Poland welcomes USA sanctions against Russian Federation

U.S. President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker talk at the G20 summit in Hamburg | Felipe Trueba  EPA

"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.

Russia's Deputy Energy Minister Andrei Cherezov, Department Director of the Ministry Evgeny Grabchak, and Chief Executive of Technopromexport Sergey Topor-Gilka were added to the sanction list along with OAO and OOO Technopromexport and ZAO Interavtomatika companies.

"We get the impression that German authorities have made use of expansive interpretation of sanctions restrictions that directly contradicts both global law and the principles of worldwide relations as a whole", the ministry noted.

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.

The three Russian nationals and three companies added to the European Union blacklist over Russia's encroachments against Ukraine were involved in the transfer of the Siemens gas turbines to Crimea, it said.

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It said in a statement Friday that the turbines were sold to Russia by German electricity giant Siemens for use on Russian territory. The move follows the transfer of gas turbines to the area.

The EU said 153 people and 40 companies had now been targeted by individual sanctions against Russian Federation.

The companies hit by sanctions are the firm that bought the turbines, the current owner of the machinery, and a firm that specialises in setting up power plants in Crimea.

Earlier Wednesday, US President Donald Trump signed into law the bill which imposes new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea and which limits his ability to ease sanctions without approval from Congress.

However, the statement said Russian Federation is still "interested in keeping and developing economic cooperation with both Germany and the EU" as is still "committed to all obligations it took on".

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