Time: 9:25 PM
The US designated Friday six Russian
individuals and eight entities "in response to Russia's continued and ongoing
aggression in Ukraine."
The Department of Treasury said in a statement that today's action targets
individuals and entities "playing a role in Russia's unjustified attacks on
Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait, the purported annexation of
Crimea, and backing of illegitimate separatist government elections in eastern
These actions complement sanctions also taken today by the European Union
and Canada and "underscore the strength and commitment of the transatlantic
partnership to counter Russia's continued destabilizing behavior and malign
Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin said in this regard that the US and its
transatlantic partners "will not allow Russia's continued aggression against
Ukraine to go unchecked."
He affirmed that "this joint initiative with our partners in the European
Union and Canada reinforces our shared commitment to impose targeted and
meaningful sanctions in response to the Kremlin's attempts to disregard
international norms and undermine Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial
"The international community is strongly aligned against Russia's naval
attacks in the Kerch Straight, purported annexation of Crimea, and support for
the illegitimate separatist-conducted elections in eastern Ukraine," he
Meanwhile, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said in a
statement that "in the five years since Russia started its campaign of
aggression against Ukraine, we have stood firmly with our Transatlantic
partners in opposition to Russia's malign and illegal actions, including its
attack near the Kerch Strait. Russia's attack represented a dangerous
escalation and a violation of international law."
"We call upon Russia to immediately return to Ukraine the seized vessels
and detained crewmembers, and keep the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov open
to ships transiting to and from Ukrainian ports," it noted.
It added "we also call on Russia to respect Ukraine's sovereignty and
territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, including
its territorial waters."
"The message to Russia is clear - the international community will not
stand by while Russia continues to violate international norms and laws and
the Transatlantic community stands united in our efforts to counter Russian
aggression," it stressed.