Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg and his Renova holding are on the sanction list published by the US last Friday. As a result, the American banks have now frozen the accounts of the Winterthur industrial group Sulzer.
On Monday morning, the Winterthur industrial group Sulzer was still hopeful. “We still do not know if our accounts have been frozen,” a spokesman told media. At that time, the night was still deep in the US and Sulzer’s offices were closed. When the 2,400 Sulzer employees in the US arrived at their workplaces, hope had not come true.
“As a result of sanctions against Viktor Vekselberg, American banks have frozen our accounts. While we may continue to pay wages and pay suppliers, we can not otherwise make payments in dollars or handle new business, “said a spokesperson.
Sulzer can currently serve its customers in the US, but only if the corresponding contracts were completed before Friday last week. “We can not accept new orders at the moment.”
The Companyhopes to get rid of sanctions later in the week. “We are confident. Because we see ourselves as a kind of collateral damage of the sanction measures. “Therefore, they have made a request to the Ofac and discuss with the local authority. “We hope to get the clearance in a few days. After all, it’s about 2400 employees, it’s about suppliers and, of course, about our customers. ”