Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has welcomed the decision of the Council of the European Union to sanction Russian companies responsible for the construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge, connecting Russia to the Russian-annexed Crimea.
"Welcome the EU Council decision to sanction Russian companies responsible for Kerch [Strait] bridge construction. Important warning also for European businesses not to go down [the] same slippery slope," he wrote on Twitter on July 31.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Council of the European Union added six legal entities involved in the construction of the Kerch Bridge to its sanctions list.
"The Council added six entities to the list of those subject to restrictive measures over actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. They are listed because of their involvement in the construction of the Kerch Bridge, connecting Russia to the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula," the Council said in a statement on July 31.
The EU Official Journal of July 31, 2018, lists the six entities as follows: AO "Institute Giprostroymost — Saint-Petersburg," PJSC Mostotrest, JSC Zaliv Shipyard, Stroygazmontazh Corporation (SGM Group), Stroygazmontazh Most OOO, and CJSC VAD.
The sanctions are effective as of July 31, 2018.