The US Treasury Department announced a new sanctions list against individuals and legal entities due to events in the annexed Crimea and in the uncontrolled territories of Donbas.
This was reported in the press release of the US Treasury, published on the State Department website.
Restrictive measures were introduced in accordance with the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.
The sanctions list included several Crimean sanatoriums, KRYMTETS, AO (the largest power generating company in the annexed Crimea), as well as the Ministry of State Security of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR).
Thus, Yalta sanatoriums Dyulber, AY-Petri, Miskhor fell under the restrictions. They were illegally nationalized and sold to the Infrastructure Project Management Company LLC UKIP located in Simferopol for $ 24 million. Both the company and its owner Vladimir Zaritsky (the former Commander in Chief of the Missile Forces and Artillery of Russia) are designated in the sanction list.
It should be noted that UKIP is building a hotel complex with a spa center in the village of Gaspra on Cape Ai-Todor, 11 kilometers from Yalta.
The sanctions list also included the Mriya Resort and Spa and the Garant-SV company that owns it, which is controlled by the Russian Sberbank which invested about $300 million into the construction and development of the project, as well as the South Project company associated with Russian businessman Yury Kovalchuk, In 2017, the so-called Ministry of Property and Land Relations of the “Republic of Crimea” sold 100 percent of the authorized capital of State Enterprise of Sparkling Wine Novy Svet (Novy Svet) to Limited Liability Company Southern Project, a company owned by Bank Rossiya.
Another entity designated in the sanctions list is KRYMTETS, AO, owned by the Southern Energy Company. The owner of the latter is the former Deputy Minister of Energy of Russia, Peter Nidzelsky.
The sanctions also included Aleksandr Basov ("LPR Deputy Minister of State Security"), Andrei Sushko (FSB officer suspected of abducting one of the Crimean Tatar activists in 2017).
These sanctions are the most severe in the American restriction system. Those designated in the sanctions list are completely isolated from the American financial system. All property and interests in property of the designated persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.
At a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, Acting Deputy chief of U.S. mission to the OSCE, Gregory Makris said that the sanctions associated with the annexed Crimea would be lifted when Russia returns the peninsula to Ukraine.
“We join our European and other partners in confirming that our Minsk-related sanctions against Russia will remain in force until Russia fully implements its obligations in the framework of Minsk. Separate Crimea-related sanctions remain in force until Russia returns the peninsula under full control of Ukraine.”
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in social networks called the American sanctions "a clear signal to everyone who is involved in the criminal occupation of the Ukrainian Peninsula and hybrid aggression in the Donbas, that responsibility is not to be avoided."
QHA reported that the "authorities" of the annexed Crimea postponed the sale of six enterprises for 2019 due to the lack of buyers. The so-called "Speaker of the Parliament" of Crimea Vladimir Konstantinov noted the lack of buyers because of the sanctions. According to him, all buyers are integrated into the world economy and are wary of sanctions, therefore they do not publicly conduct their activities in the Crimea.
Source: Forbes, Ukrinform