Another six Russian companies that participated in the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait — the Crimean Bridge — were slapped with the EU sanctions.
In particular, the European Union made a decision to impose sanctions on Mostotrest and Stroygazmontazh, which are already included in the US sanction list. As a reference, a subsidiary of the latter — Stroygazmontazh Most – is owned by Russian oligarch Arkady Rotenberg.
The European Union has now frozen the assets of more than forty companies from Russia and Ukraine after the Crimea joined Russia in March 2014. Apart from that, assets of 155 individuals were frozen as well. Rotenberg is among those sanctioned individuals.
As the EU put it in a statement, these six companies “supported the consolidation of Russia's control over the illegally annexed Crimean Peninsula”, something that, according to Brussels, “further undermines the sovereignty of Ukraine”.