Washington, Brussels levy fresh sanctions on Russia

On April 28, the White House announced a fresh round of sanctions on seven Russian officials and 17 corporations.

Concurrently, Brussels added 15 names to its list of sanctioned officials, though the list has not yet been released. It will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union, likely on April 29.

The sanctions come amid mounting evidence that Russia is promoting separatist violence in eastern Ukraine. A White House statement called Russia’s role in fomenting insurrection in Ukraine’s eastern regions “indisputable.”

Speaking in Manila on April 28, US president Barack Obama said the goal of the sanctions is not to attack Russian president Vladimir Putin personally, but rather to “change his calculus with respect to how the current actions that he’s engaging in Ukraine could have an adverse impact on the Russian economy over the long haul.”

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(Archive photo from June 2012 of Putin and Obama: White House)