(QHA) -

Australia has imposed sanctions against 50 Russian officials and 11 companies over the situation in Ukraine and Crimea’s annexation, the Australian Foreign Ministry Julie Bishop said in a statement on Thursday.

“It is now an offence to use or deal with the assets, or to make any kind of asset available to the listed individuals and entities. The penalties for contravening these laws are severe”- reads the statement on Austalian MFA web site.

“I am deeply concerned that unrest is continuing in eastern Ukraine and these sanctions re-affirm Australia’s commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”- Bishop said. It is crucial that armed groups lay down their weapons and bring an immediate halt to the violence in eastern Ukraine. I urge these groups to engage in peaceful negotiations, in line with President Poroshenko’s offer of a truce”- she added.

The list includes Crimean Premier Sergey Aksyonov; ex-deputy Premier Rustam Temirgaliev; Crimean Parliament speaker Vladimir Konstantinov; Crimean MP Olga Kovotidi; Russian Presidential Adviser Sergey Glaziev; Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin; Federation Council Chairwoman Valentina Matviyenko; State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin; Aide to the President of the Russia Andrey Fursenko; Deputy Prime Minister of the Russia Dmitry Kozak and others.

The Bank Russia, Investkapitalbank, Stroygazmontazh, Stroytransgaz Chernomorneftegaz are also in teh list.

Moscow, in turn, considers actions of Australia «absolutely counterproductive» and «unfriendly».

QHA