The latest sanctions come in response to the delivery of the gas turbines to Crimea in violation of European Union bans. More than three years of coordinated European Union and US 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. On Friday, it introduced additional measures in response to the delivery of Siemens' gas turbines to Crimea, which violated its existing sanctions. The machines were then illegally sent to a power project and modified locally in Krim, as the Russians call it.
The EU's stance against Russian interference in Ukraine began in 2014 when Moscow led a campaign to annex Crimea. Western companies are now prohibited from doing business in Crimea.
Among the Russians are a vice minister for energy and an Energy Ministry head of department.
The EU said the blacklisted companies include Siemens' two Russian contractors that moved the turbines.
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The Commission said the move contributed to the establishment of an independent power supply for Crimea and Sevastopol, which "supports their separation from Ukraine, and undermines the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine". The plants have been partially built, but have been created to operate with gas turbines made by a Siemens subsidiary. The sanctions, consisting of an asset freeze and travel ban, now apply to 153 people and 40 entities, the council said.
Three companies, including Technopromexport, were also targeted by the new sanctions.
The measures come despite the fact that the EU just days ago bitterly criticized the United States over fresh sanctions targeting Russian Federation for election meddling, on the grounds that it could harm European energy firms.