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Australia Increases Sanctions

Published: September 3, 2014 (Issue # 1827)



  • Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott accused Russia of “brazenly” trying to break eastern Ukraine away from the rest of the country.
    Photo: Pm.gov.au

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia on Monday ratcheted up sanctions against Russia in line with the United States and European Union in response to Russian soldiers openly violating Ukraine’s sovereignty.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott accused Russia of “brazenly” trying to break eastern Ukraine away from the rest of the country.

“If Russian troops remain in Ukraine, if Russia persists in its attempt to break up a neighboring country that has done it no harm, it risks becoming an international pariah,” Abbott told Parliament.

The new sanctions expand upon financial sanctions and travel bans introduced by Australia in March.

The sanctions ban any new arms trade with Russia, prohibit Russian state-owned banks from accessing Australian capital markets, and ban trade in Russia’s oil and gas industry and in Crimea.

Targeted financial sanctions and travel bans now apply to an additional 63 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and 21 entities, raising the total numbers to 113 individuals and 32 entities.

Russia’s government last month banned most food imports from the West, including the U.S., European Union and Australia, as retaliation against sanctions related to the crisis in Ukraine.

Abbott said Monday that Russia has been engaged in a campaign to destabilize Ukraine for months. As a consequence, 38 Australian citizens and residents were “brutally murdered,” along with 260 other passengers and crew, on July 17 when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down from “territory controlled by Russian-backed rebels with a Russian-supplied missile,” he said.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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