Brussels (AFP) 02/25/2022 18:59
After Russia invaded Ukraine… European sanctions against the Russian president and his foreign minister
European Union countries unanimously agreed Friday to freeze the assets of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the bloc’s countries, according to European sources told AFP.
The measure was proposed during an extraordinary European summit Thursday in Brussels, and Friday was added to a package of sanctions to be implemented by foreign ministers, according to the same sources.
During the summit, Germany and Italy expressed reservations about this proposal, which was supported by a large number of European leaders, according to two officials.
On the other hand, the Europeans decided to abolish the possibility of travel without entry visas for Russian passport holders within the framework of the sanctions approved Thursday evening.
These measures came in response to a request from the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to strengthen European sanctions against Russia to punish it for invading Ukraine.
On Friday, the Russian Foreign Minister justified the invasion of Ukraine, which was decided by President Vladimir Putin, as “a special military operation to disarm Ukraine so that Ukrainians can freely choose their future.”