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“We view Bern’s decisions as ungrounded and proving that the Swiss keep repeating unfriendly steps of the United States and the European Union in regard to Russia to the detriment of their interests,” the ministry said.
“Having discussed the situation in Ukraine at its session on August 27, 2014, the Federal Council of Switzerland approved additional measures in the manner of the European Union’s anti-Russian sanctions,” the ministry said.
“Besides the trade of military and dual-purpose products, the [restrictive] measures have been now expanded on the deliveries of oil and gas production equipment, cooperation with Crimea and Sevastopol and the sphere of financial services,” the ministry said. “A list of Russian citizens and organizations prohibited from opening accounts in Swiss banks has been also extended.”
The Swiss government decided on Wednesday to impose restrictions on long-term bond placements by five Russian state-run banks hit by EU sanctions.
In accordance with the Swiss government’s decision, these banks will be required to obtain permission from the Swiss authorities for bond sale in Switzerland to prevent them from selling bonds in the country in circumvention of sanctions imposed by the European Union over Russia’s stance on developments in neighboring Ukraine.
Permissions for new bond issues will be granted in the future only if these issues match the banks’ average financial obligations for the past three years, the Swiss government said in a statement.
At the same, the Russian banks’ subsidiaries in Switzerland will not be required to obtain such permissions as long as they do not act on behalf of their parent companies or under their instructions.
Switzerland has also banned the imports of military products from Russia and the exports of equipment for the Russian oil industry.
The EU imposed sectoral sanctions on August 1 against the Russian financial sector, banning state-owned Sberbank, VTB, Gazprombank, VEB and Russian Agricultural Bank and their special purpose vehicles from raising loans with maturities of over three months on European financial markets. The sanctions will be effective for one year and may be extended every three months. The EU also banned these banks to place new debt issues for a term of over 90 days. The sanctions apply only to new transactions.