Ukraine designates five Greek companies ‘international war sponsors’, again
Photo: Delta Tankers

Ukraine’s anti-graft agency, NAZK, has returned five Greek shipping companies to its list of international war sponsors following consultations, the agency said in a statement on Monday.

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Shortly before the adoption of the eleventh package of EU sanctions against Russia in June, NAZK suspended the international war sponsor status for Dynacom Tankers, Delta Tankers, Thenamaris Ships, Minerva Marine, and TMC Tankers.

The Ukrainian agency instead launched "bilateral consultations involving representatives of the European commission", asking the companies to fulfil several conditions, such as ending the practice of switching off transponders and reloading cargo from one side to the other, and publicly condemning Russian aggression.

"Those five Greek shipping companies failed to comply with the requirement to publicly condemn Russian aggression within the specified timeframe," the statement reads.

"Therefore, NAZK has restored their status on the list of international sponsors of war."

The list of international sponsors of war is a reputational tool. The designated companies are also included in the World-Check database, which keeps track of high-risk individuals and organisations and is used globally to identify and manage financial, regulatory and reputational risks.

Previously, such well-known companies as Metro, Procter & Gamble, Auchan Holding, Bonduelle and, most recently, Unilever were also listed.