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EU imposes sanctions on Putin as Ukraine pleads for tougher action

The move against Putin and his top diplomat, Sergei Lavrov, came as envoys of the EU's 27 member states agreed on a new wave of measures – their second this week

February 26, 2022 / 08:25 AM IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Image: Reuters)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Image: Reuters)

EU states agreed to freeze any European assets of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister on Friday, as Ukraine's leader pleaded for faster and more forceful sanctions to punish Russia's invasion of his country.

The move against Putin and his top diplomat, Sergei Lavrov, came as envoys of the EU's 27 member states agreed on a new wave of measures – their second this week – to hit Russia's elite and thwart operations of 70% of the country's banking system.

"We are now listing President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov as well," German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said as she joined her EU counterparts to agree on the new sanctions.

"They are responsible for the deaths of innocent people in Ukraine, and for trampling on the international system. We, as Europeans, do not accept that."