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US unveils sanctions against Putin, Lavrov

Washington has accused the Russian President and his FM of being “directly responsible” for an “unprovoked” attack on Ukraine

The United States has slapped sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, mirroring an earlier decision by the European Union and British government in retaliation for Moscow’s military action in Ukraine.

“President Putin and Minister Lavrov are directly responsible for Russia’s unprovoked and unlawful further invasion of Ukraine, a democratic sovereign state,” the department said, adding that it is “exceedingly rare for Treasury to designate a head of state.”

The newly-updated list of Russian officials sanctioned by Washington also includes Minister of Defense, Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Valery Gerasimov.

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Eleven members of the Russian Security Council, including Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin and Secretary of the Russian Federation Security Council Nikolai Patrushev had already been subject to the US sanctions, with Washington saying that it ”will designate more in the future if Russia’s unprovoked campaign against Ukraine does not immediately conclude.”

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