The National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) has introduced sanctions that mirror US sanctions against Russian companies and citizens for aggression against Ukraine, as reported by the Press Office of the NSDC.
According to the NSDC’s statement, the National Security and Defense Council held a meeting on Wednesday during which they considered the issue of introducing personal economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) against legal entities and individuals related to Russian aggression against Ukraine. They also considered relevant policy decisions made by the governments of the United States and countries of the European Union.
The statement noted that the sanctions will be imposed on the initiative of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Security Service of Ukraine, and the National Bank for three years, with the possibility of continuing indefinitely. It will impact: individuals and legal entities involved in Russian aggression against Ukraine, including the preparation and conduction of illegal voting in the Russian-annexed Crimea during the Russian Presidential elections; representatives of the Russian administration in the Crimea; militants that form part of the Russian armed formations in the separatist-controlled territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions; and others.
Additional sanctions were imposed on persons involved in misinformation campaigns and cyber aggression against Ukraine or unlawful actions against Ukrainian citizens who are illegally held in Russia, State Duma deputies and members of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, and the like.
In addition, sanctions imposed in previous years were also extended.
In late April, Trump and Merkel confirmed their general position on sanctions against Russia. The purpose of sanctions is to force the Russian Federation to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.