YEREVAN, March 19. / ARKA /. Australia will impose targeted financial sanctions and travel bans on 12 Russians and Ukrainians in response to Moscow’s move to annex Crimea, foreign minister Julie Bishop told The Australian.
She said the eight Russians and four Ukrainians were instrumental in the Russian threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
She declined to name the individuals at this stage to avoid giving them the opportunity to move money out of accounts they might have in Australia.
She said that while the travel bans could be imposed quickly, it would take longer to freeze assets and bank accounts.
Crimea voted in a referendum on Sunday to break away from Ukraine and rejoin Russia.
“Australia stands with the international community in taking action. We have remained in close contact with friends and allies, including through our membership of the United Nations Security Council, where we have delivered strong protests to Russia about its conduct in relation to Ukraine.
The United States has imposed sanctions against 11 individuals including Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov, presidential adviser Sergey Glazyev, State Duma deputy Leonid Slutsky, member of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament Andrey Klishas, head of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament Valentina Matvienko, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and State Duma deputy Yelena Mizulina. In addition, the US has imposed sanctions on four Ukrainians including the ousted President Viktor Yanukovich, Crimean officials Sergey Aksyonov and Vladimir Konstantinov, and former Ukrainian presidential chief of staff Viktor Medvedchuk.
The Australian list is believed to include most, or all, of those individuals. Australia’s measures are in line with those taken by the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, the European Union and some other countries.-0-