In Ukraine, they named the reason for the imposition of sanctions against the Sportmaster chain of stores. This was reported by “Interfax”.
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) said that Sportmaster Operations Pte. Ltd was included in the sanctions lists based on information about the retailer’s work in Crimea. Representatives of the SBU reported that in the summer of 2020, the department sent a statement to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine about “the unlawfulness of such activities in the temporarily occupied territories.”
Earlier, the Sportmaster chain of stores reacted to being included in the sanctions list, which was approved by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. According to the official statement of the enterprise, Sportmaster Ukraine considers the decision of Kiev to include its parent company in the sanctions list unreasonable. The general director of the company, Lyudmila Knysh, said that the stores continue to operate in compliance with all international and national legislation.
On the eve it became known that Sportmaster Operations Pte was sanctioned by the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC). Ltd, which is the parent organization of the Sportmaster sporting goods store chain in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, China and Poland. The sanctions imply the restriction of trade operations, the complete cessation of the transit of resources, transportation through the territory of Ukraine, as well as the prohibition of the withdrawal of capital from the country and the suspension of the fulfillment of economic and financial obligations.
On February 20, Volodymyr Zelenskyy approved the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of the country to impose sanctions against 19 companies and eight individuals, including the head of the political council of the Opposition Platform for Life party Viktor Medvedchuk.
Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 after a referendum in which the majority of the region’s residents who voted supported such a decision. Ukraine, the EU countries and the US refused to recognize the results of the vote, calling the reunification of the peninsula with mainland Russia an annexation. The Russian authorities reject these charges and insist that the accession procedure was in accordance with international law.
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