EU hits Putin’s defence minister and chief of staff with sanctions over Ukraine

Eleni Varvitsioti, Sam Fleming, Henry Foy, and Demetri Sevastopulo, Financial Times, 23.02.2022

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Vladimir Putin's chief of staff and his defence minister have been blacklisted by the EU as part of the bloc's first round of sanctions against Moscow as the US warned that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could start imminently. [...]

Janis Emmanouilidis of the European Policy Centre said: "It is important that the EU27 have agreed on a set of sanctions. However, the scale of what has been decided will not be enough to actually put pressure on president Putin . . . in case of an escalation of the conflict, the union will have to agree to further scale up the coercive measures."

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