As foreshadowed, today the EU has added 6 entities to its sanctions that target those who undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. They have been listed for their involvement in the construction of the Kerch Bridge connecting Russia to the Crimean Peninsula.
The 6 entities are: AO “Institute Giprostroymost — Saint-Petersburg”; PJSC Mostotrest; JSC Zaliv Shipyard; Stroygazmontazh Corporation (SGM Group); Stroygazmontazh Most OOO; and CJSC VAD. See Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1085, Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1072, and EU press release. As we reported, Arkady Rotenberg, the reasons for whose original listing were annulled by the European court, was re-listed in July 2017 for being said to benefit from Stroygazmontazh’s construction contract for the bridge.