Ukraine situation: Australia announces additional sanctions in relation to Russia

On 2 September 2014 the Autonomous Sanctions (Designated Persons and Entities and Declared Persons – Ukraine) Amendment List 2014 (the Ukraine Amendment List) commenced.

The Ukraine Amendment List gives effect to the announcement by the Prime Minister on 1 September 2014 to expand Australia’s targeted financial sanctions and travel bans against persons and entities responsible for, or complicit in, the Russian threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The 113 persons and 32 entities named in Schedule 1 of the Ukraine Amendment List satisfy the criteria in regulation 6 of the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 to be designated for targeted financial sanctions or declared for travel bans. The details of these persons and entities have been published in the DFAT Consolidated List.

On 1 September 2014 the Prime Minister also announced expanded autonomous sanctions in relation to Russia, including restrictions on arms exports; restrictions on the access of Russian state-owned banks to Australian capital markets; preventing the export of goods and services for use in Russia’s oil exploration or production; and restrictions on Australian trade and investment in Crimea. These measures will be implemented through amendments to the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011.

Further information: Ukraine sanctions page

Australia and sanctions

Sanctions are measures not involving the use of armed force that are imposed in situations of international concern, including the grave repression of human rights, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or their means of delivery, or armed conflict.

They impose restrictions on activities that relate to particular countries, goods and services, or persons and entities.

Australian sanction laws implement United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions regimes and Australian autonomous sanctions regimes.

Contravening an Australian sanction law may be a serious criminal offence. Penalties for sanctions offences include up to ten years in prison and substantial fines.

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