New Zealand announces further sanctions against individuals and entities supporting Russian invasion

Sanctions against Russia
Sanctions against Russia

The New Zealand government introduced further sanctions on 28 individuals and 14 entities providing military and strategic support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, its press service announced on May 16.

“Russia is directly supported by its military-industrial complex in its illegal aggression against Ukraine, attacking its sovereignty and territorial integrity. New Zealand condemns all entities and individuals providing this military support,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters said.

The new tranche of sanctions is targeting individuals and entities who are involved with the transfer of weaponry and military assistance from the DPRK and Iran into Russia, that facilitate Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

These sanctions also target those involved in the forced relocation of Ukrainian children to Russia and Russian-occupied Ukraine.

"In continuing to facilitate the deportation of Ukrainian children, Russia is seeking to advance its objectives in invading Ukraine, including efforts to undermine Ukraine’s identity as a sovereign country.”

With this announcement, New Zealand has imposed sanctions on more than 1,700 individuals and entities since the Russia Sanctions Act entered into force in March 2022, along with a range of trade measures.

The previous package of sanctions, announced by Wellington on Feb. 29, included the introduction of an upper limit on the price of oil of Russian origin set by the G7-plus, a ban on the export of dual-use goods to Russia and Belarus through third countries, and designation of 61 individuals and companies to counteract evasion attempts.

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