Aug. 1 () –
New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced on Monday that the country has decided to impose more sanctions against the Russian Armed Forces and military industry following the invasion of Ukraine, which began more than five months ago.
“President (Vladimir) Putin and the Russian Army are responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, which is a serious violation of international law,” he said.
In this sense, he has described the invasion as “illegal” and “unjustified” and has indicated that Russia manages to carry it out “given its extensive military industrial complex, which includes numerous defense entities.”
“These companies develop communication systems, technology and weapons,” he clarified before clarifying that some of those affected are the Russian Railway company and the SOGAZ insurance company, among others.
Thus, he has indicated that the reports of “atrocities and damage caused by the (Russian) Armed Forces in Ukraine are worrying.” “By sanctioning these entities we do our part in condemning the source of this illegal aggression,” she said.
“The Russian Sanctions Law was approved last March by the New Zealand Parliament and allows the imposition of measures such as travel restrictions, freezing of assets and accounts and prohibitions when carrying out financial transactions,” he pointed out, according to a statement from the Ministry.
In addition, the measures imposed by the Government prevent New Zealanders or companies in the country from providing goods and services to the Armed Forces or other defense entities affected by these sanctions.