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EU Council Regulation 833/2014: Concerning Restrictive Measures in View of Russia's Actions Destabilizing Situation in Ukraine

Published July 31, 2014

On July 31, 2014, EU published rules for implementing new sanctions on Russia, after Russia's annexation of Crimea. The sanctions freeze accounts of certain officials and organizations and apply to dual-use goods, technology, and other military arms supply services.

Excerpt:

Article 4

It shall be prohibited: (a) to provide, directly or indirectly, technical assistance related to the goods and technology listed in the Common Military List, or related to the provision, manufacture, maintenance and use of goods included in that list, to any natural or legal person, entity or body in Russia or for use in Russia; (b) to provide, directly or indirectly, financing or financial assistance related to the goods and technology listed in the Common Military List, including in particular grants, loans and export credit insurance or guarantee, for any sale, supply, transfer or export of such items, or for any provision of related technical assistance to any natural or legal person, entity or body in Russia or for use in Russia; (c) to provide, directly or indirectly, technical assistance or brokering services related to dual-use goods and technology, or related to the provision, manufacture, maintenance and use of such goods or technology, to any natural or legal person, entity or body in Russia or for use in Russia, if the items are or may be intended, in their entirety or in part, for military use or for a military end-user; (d) to provide, directly or indirectly, financing or financial assistance related to the dual-use goods and technology, including in particular grants, loans and export credit insurance, for any sale, supply, transfer or export of such items, or for any provision of related technical assistance to any natural or legal person, entity or body in Russia or for use in Russia, if the items are or may be intended, in their entirety or in part, for military use or for a military end-user.

2. The prohibitions in paragraph 1 shall be without prejudice to the execution of an obligation arising from a contract or an agreement concluded before 1 August 2014, and to the provision of assistance necessary to the maintenance and safety of existing capabilities within the EU.

3.The provision of the following shall be subject to an authorisation from the competent authority concerned: (a) technical assistance or brokering services related to technologies listed in Annex II and to the provision, manufacture, maintenance and use of those items, directly or indirectly to any natural or legal person, entity or body in Russia or, if such assistance concerns technologies for use in Russia, to any person, entity or body in any other country; (b) financing or financial assistance related to technologies referred to in Annex II, including in particular grants, loans and export credit insurance, for any sale, supply, transfer or export of those items, or for any provision of related technical assistance, directly or indirectly, to any natural or legal person, entity or body in Russia or, if such assistance concerns technologies for use in Russia, to any person, entity or body in any other country.

4.Where authorisations are requested pursuant to paragraph 2 of this Article, Article 3, and in particular paragraphs 2 and 5 thereof, shall apply mutatis mutandis.

Article 5

It shall be prohibited to directly or indirectly purchase, sell, provide brokering or assistance in the issuance of, or otherwise deal with transferable securities and money-market instruments with a maturity exceeding 90 days, issued after 1 August 2014 by: (a) a major credit institution or other major institution having an explicit mandate to promote competitiveness of the Russian economy, its diversification and encouragement of investment, established in Russia with over 50 % public ownership or control as of 1 August 2014, as listed in Annex III; or (b) a legal person, entity or body established outside the Union whose proprietary rights are owned for more than 50 % by an entity listed in Annex III; or (c)a legal person, entity or body acting on behalf or at the direction of an entity referred to in point (b) of this paragraph or listed in Annex III. 31.7.2014 L 229/4 Official Journal of the European Union EN

1.The Member States and the Commission shall inform each other of the measures taken under this Regulation and share any other relevant information at their disposal in connection with this Regulation, in particular information: (a) in respect of authorisations granted under Article 3; (b) in respect of violation and enforcement problems and judgments handed down by national courts.

2.The Member States shall immediately inform each other and the Commission of any other relevant information at their disposal which might affect the effective implementation of this Regulation

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