Ukraine has excluded from its sanctions list the Moldavian Metallurgical Plant (Ribnita) - the largest enterprise in Transnistria.
This is provided for by the amendments approved by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to the list of legal entities and individuals previously compiled by the National Security and Defense Council and the head of state for which special economic and other restrictive measures are being introduced. Sanctions imposed by decree of June 21, 2018 for a period of 3 years with respect to the Moldavian Metallurgical plant, as well as for the hundreds of others included in the list, mainly Russian enterprises, they provided for: the freezing of assets (temporary restriction of the person’s right to use and dispose of the property belonging to him); restriction of trade operations; preventing the withdrawal of capital from Ukraine; suspension of performance of economic and financial obligations; a ban on government purchases of goods, works and services from resident legal entities of a foreign state of state ownership and legal entities whose share capital is owned by a foreign state, as well as government purchases from other business entities that sell goods, works, services origin from a foreign country to which sanctions are applied according to the law. The Moldavian Metallurgical Plant is the largest enterprise in the Transnistrian region and one of the main consumers of ferrous metal scrap exported from Ukraine. Ukraine supplies to MMP about 80% of all exported ferrous scrap. It should be noted that the metallurgical lobby in Ukraine is trying in every way to limit the export of scrap metal from the country, including the introduction and increase of export duties, and also advocates a ban on the supply of scrap metal to the MMP. The president of the association "Ukrmetallurgprom" Alexander Kalenkov stated earlier that the export of scrap to the unrecognized Transnistrian Moldavian Republic, where it is processed into finished products and sent to the same markets in which Ukrainian enterprises compete, is a political issue. At the same time, he stressed that Transnistrian enterprises are subsidized "in full: both in gas (they are subsidized by the Russian Federation) and in electricity." The association of enterprises "Ukrmetallurgprom" previously asked the Ukrainian authorities to take measures to stop the supply of Ukrainian scrap metal to MMP. As noted, the country's steel mills lack metal scrap, much of which is exported to the MMP. In "Ukrmetallurgprom" emphasized that, despite the fact that the MMP is legally registered in Moldova, in fact it is located on the territory of the unrecognized Transnistrian Moldavian Republic, which is a Russian enclave in an independent country. MMP, built in 1985, specializes in the processing of ferrous scrap. This is the largest enterprise in Transnistria, previously provided about 70% of the region’s exports.// 21.03.2019 — InfoMarket.