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The United States will continue to take actions against Russia until it ends its brutal and illegal war against Ukraine. The United States is implementing commitments made at the G7 Leaders’ Summit to increase costs for Russia and those who support its war effort. Among others, these commitments include further disrupting Russia’s ability to source inputs for its war, closing evasion loopholes, further reducing reliance on Russian energy, squeezing Russia’s access to the international financial system, and keeping its sovereign assets immobilized.
As part of that continued effort, and working alongside our Allies and partners, the Department of State is today imposing sanctions on individuals and entities complicit in: sanctions evasion and circumvention; maintaining Russia’s capacity to wage its war of aggression; and supporting Russia’s future energy revenue sources. Along with these actions, the Department is also designating several individuals and entities to further promote accountability of those supporting Russia’s war, including Russia-installed puppet occupation authorities, those involved in theft of Ukrainian grain, and in the systematic and unlawful transfer and/or deportation of Ukraine’s children. All targets are being designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 14024, which authorizes sanctions with respect to specified harmful foreign activities of the Government of the Russian Federation.
DEGRADING RUSSIA-IRAN MARITIME LOGISTICS NETWORKS
The Department is designating multiple entities that are part of a logistics network deepening ties between Russia and Iran. These designations will constrain military-related transfers between Russia and Iran as Tehran deepens its support for Moscow’s war against Ukraine.
Khazar Sea Shipping Lines (KSSL) is an Iranian shipping company and subsidiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines. KSSL vessels have made over 60 port calls in Russia over the past year. KSSL is being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in the marine sector of the Russian Federation economy.
OOO MTU is a subsidiary of KSSL that operates at Solyanka Port. OOO MTU is being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(vii) for being owned or controlled by, or for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, KSSL, an entity whose property and interests in property are blocked.
Nasim Bahr Kish is an Iranian shipping company with ties to KSSL. Nasim Bahr Kish is being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in the marine sector of the Russian Federation economy.
Grand Sea LLC is a maritime service provider in Makhachkala, Russia. Grand Sea LLC is being designated pursuant to section 1(a)(i) for operating or having operated in the marine sector of the Russian Federation economy.