EU Top Court Says Sanctions On Russia Over Ukraine Are Justified

European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on 28 March that EU sanctions over the Ukraine crisis affecting certain Russian companies, including top Russian oil producer Rosneft, are still valid.

The EU had imposed sanctions against Russia after its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and increased their intensity as Russia continued to support the separatist rebellion in the east of Ukraine. The decision asserting the ECJ’s right of jurisdiction over Europe’s common foreign and security policy came in response to a legal challenge by Rosneft against the EU Council's sanctions before a British court. The ECJ said the objectives of these sanctions were sufficient “to justify certain operators being adversely affected”. The head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, who is Putin's close ally and former deputy chief of staff in his administration, claimed the ECJ ignored the precedents setting that Iranian banks should not be affected by sanctions on Iran's nuclear program. 

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