Category Archives: Sanctions

UK announces first sanctions under new global human rights regime

The new ‘Magnitsky’-style sanctions regime will target those who have been involved in some of the gravest human rights violations and abuses around the world. Forty-nine individuals and organisations involved in some of the most notorious human rights violations and abuses in recent years have been designated for sanctions under a powerful new regime established today by the UK, the

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UK to impose sanctions independently for first time

Britain will later impose sanctions independently for the first time on dozens of individuals accused of human rights abuses around the world. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will launch the government’s new post-Brexit sanctions regime by naming the first violators to have their assets frozen. In the past, Britain has almost always imposed sanctions collectively as a member of the United

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Putin Slams New U.S. Sanctions Aimed at ‘Suffocating’ Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday denounced the United States for imposing new sanctions on Syria’s regime during the coronavirus pandemic. “Despite the call from the UN secretary general for easing the pressure of sanctions under pandemic conditions, Washington like Brussels decided to prolong measures against Syria,” Putin said during a televised meeting with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts on

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Ex-Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schroeder heads Rosneft’s board of directors

17:59, 8 June 2020 – 112 UA German politician is criticized for his work in Russian companies. Former Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schroeder re-elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Rosneft Russian oil and gas company. Schroeder was re-elected at the annual meeting of shareholders, the press service of Rosneft said. As you know, Gerhard Schroeder has been heading the

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Another Russian attempt to have Western sanctions lifted: now through CIS instruments

Upon hearing from the West a firm “no” regarding the lifting of sanctions, Russia hasn’t abandoned attempts to find a way to settle the issue that has long become a real nuisance. Until now, Russian propaganda masterminds mostly focused their efforts this end on a massive campaign aimed to raise an international outcry, claiming that “sanctions hinder the fight against

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Russia asks Italy to “put pressure” on Brussels in cancellation of sanctions issue, – media

Russia wants Italy to pay for humanitarian aid in this way The Russian government is asking Italy to pay for the humanitarian aid sent, “pushing” Brussels to lift the sanctions. This was reported by Linkiesta, referring to a letter from the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Italy, Sergei Razov. “Finally, Moscow billed after aid (including military assistance) was sent

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Ukraine has blocked Russia’s resolution at the UN

The document contained Moscow’s cynical allegations of “good neighborliness”, blurred theses on weakening sanctions and did not support the Organization’s secretary general’s peaceful initiatives. Ukraine has interrupted the so-called “default procedure” and blocked a new Russian resolution at the UN. This was reported on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Facebook page on Wednesday, April 22. “We will continue to block Russia’s attempts to

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Russia’s attempts to lift sanctions amid Covid-19 pandemic is prospectless, – Kuleba

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister held phone talk with Austrian colleague The attempts of the Russian Federation to influence the lifting of sanctions due to the Covid-19 pandemic are hopeless as Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba reported on Facebook. It is noted that Dmytro Kuleba held a phone talk with Austrian colleague Alexander Schallenberg. The foreign ministers discussed the situation around

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Calls grow for U.S. to lift Iran sanctions due to coronavirus crisis

The International Crisis Group, Oxfam America, and the National Iranian American Council called on U.S. leaders to lift the sanctions for 120 days to offer Iranians relief at this critical time There are increased calls for the United States to suspend economic sanctions against Iran, which some believe hamper Tehran’s ability to contain the deadly outbreak of coronavirus that has

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U.S. to continue to “impose costs” on Russia for disrespecting Ukraine’s sovereignty

23:30, 12 March 2020 The statement came in response to a call by MFA Ukraine spox for the “international response” to stop Russian aggression against Ukrainian troops in Donbas. U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus says her country continues to “impose costs” on Russia until the Kremlin respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. “Russian aggression in Ukraine must stop,”

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COREPER approves prolongation of sanctions over violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty

01:58, 05 March 2020 The previous sanctions period is expiring on March 15, 2020. The Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union, or COREPER, has approved the prolongation of sanctions against 175 individuals and 44 organizations for another six months over the violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty. “The Committee of Permanent Representatives in the EU has approved the prolongation of

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U.S. extends anti-Russian sanctions for a year due to aggression against Ukraine

U.S. President Donald Trump has extended for one year the effect of sanctions imposed on Russia in connection with its aggression against Ukraine. This is stated in the text of a notice on the continuation of the national emergency with respect to Ukraine, published on the website of the White House. “The actions that led to the [previous] Executive Orders of

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“We are not stopping trains to Crimea.” Russia reacts to new US, EU and Canada’s sanctions

Maria Zakharova, spokesperson of Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, announced mirroring measures addressing European Union after implication of new sanctions against Russia on January 28. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation considers new EU, US and Canada’s sanctions on Russia for its aggression against Ukraine to be “a preposterous pressure attempt”. TASS quotes a statement made by Maria

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Austrian government moves towards easing sanctions on Russia

The work program for the development of Austria between 2020 and 2024 indicates that the Austrian government intends to continue its course towards easing the sanctions on Russia. The program was presented by Austrian People’s Party leader Sebastian Kurz and Werner Kogler, leader of the “Greens”. “With progress in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, we need to consider gradually

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Russia to ban entry to US citizens in response to Nord Stream 2 sanctions

In response to the US’s sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project, which halted pipe-laying operations in the Baltic Sea in a mere day, Russia could expand its list of US citizens who are banned from entering the country, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Russian Interfax news agency. Unlike the US’s blacklists, Russia’s lists are not public. Thus

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Refurbished Iranian fighter jet crashes during test, rescue effort underway for pilot

A rescue mission is underway for at least one pilot who was in a recently overhauled Iranian fighter jet when it crashed during a test flight near the country’s northern border Wednesday, according to Iran’s state television. The Russian-made MiG-29 went down in the mountainous Sabalan region near the Azerbaijan border after taking off from the Tabriz air base in northwestern Iran, a report said.

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U.S. Embassy condemns railway traffic at Kerch Bridge

17:01, 26 December 2019 The Embassy noted that Russia’s latest move demonstrates blatant disrespect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The U.S. Embassy to Ukraine condemned the launch of the railway traffic between Russia and annexed Crimea through the bridge over Kerch Strait as the diplomatic mission of America reported on Twitter. “We join Ukrainian and other European partners in condemning Russia’s launch

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Russia can complete Nord Stream 2 with its own ships, but no sooner than 2024

After the U.S. imposed sanctions against companies building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Russia was left without capacities to complete the underwater pipeline that was going to be launched in 2020. Russian shipbuilders can construct pipe-laying ships that would complete the pipeline, but it would take from four to six years, according to Alexei Rakhmanov, president of Russia’s United Shipbuilding

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Russia threatened to respond to US sanctions against North Stream-2

Moscow promises to respond to sanctions at no cost to itself The Russian Foreign Minister has promised that Moscow will respond to Washington’s sanctions against the North Stream-2 and Turkish Stream pipelines. This is reported by the media. According to Lavrov, Russia will respond to the sanctions of the United States, but so as not to inflict damage. “We will respond

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EU condemns U.S. sanctions against Nord Stream 2

European Commission is currently analyzing the possible impact of U.S. sanctions on the European Union The EU, along with Germany, condemned US sanctions against companies laying the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. It is reported by RFI.   “The EU is opposed to the imposition of sanctions against EU companies conducting legitimate business,” said a spokesman for the European

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Trump Official Slams New Anti-Russia Sanctions in Leaked Letter

The letter says the proposed measures against Russia are “counter-productive” and “unnecessary.” Donald Trump’s administration has slammed a new package of tough anti-Russia sanctions advanced by U.S. lawmakers earlier this week, The Daily Beast reported Thursday, citing a leaked letter from a State Department official.  The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved draft legislation Wednesday that would impose new sanctions

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U.S. Lawmakers To Discuss Russia Sanctions Bill From Hell

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Senate panel is set to debate a bill that is designed to punish Russia for its alleged interference in democratic processes abroad as well as “malign” actions in Syria and aggression against Ukraine. The bipartisan bill — described by Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina who is a cosponsor, as the “sanctions bill from

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