The European Union put into effect on Friday (12 September) a new round of sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukrainian crisis, including restrictions on financing for some Russian state-owned companies and asset freezes on leading Russian politicians.
Sanctions published in the EU's Official Journal included asset freezes and travel bans on Igor Lebedev, deputy speaker of the Russian State Duma lower house of parliament, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, an outspoken nationalist politician and a number of leaders of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
The EU also barred three major Russian oil companies (Rosneft, Transneft, GazpromNeft) and three major defense companies (Oboronprom, United Aircraft Corporation and Uralvagonzavod) from seeking finance on European capital markets.
The union also banned sales of dual-technology equipment to nine Russian defense companies, including the Kalashnikov Concern, Russia’s largest producer of automatic and sniper combat arms.
Meanwhile, Russian state-owned arms exporting firm Rosoboronexport does not expect the latest European Union's sanctions over Ukraine to hurt its exports, Russian news agencies quoted the company's deputy head as saying on Friday.
"According to our forecasts and conclusions, and taking into account the task of import substitution, we are not expecting any significant impact of the new sanctions on our exports," Sergei Goreslavsky was quoted by state news agency Itar-Tass as saying.