UK hits Moscow with sanctions….

New measures target Russian banks and several individuals, including a close ally of President Vladimir Putin.

The United Kingdom has slapped sanctions on a number of Russian banks and high net worth individuals as Kyiv’s Western allies punish Moscow for recognising two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine as independent.

The move came after Germany announced it was taking steps to halt the process of certifying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline earlier on Tuesday, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced he would deploy troops to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) as part of Moscow’s significant shift in policy.

The United States and the European Union are also expected to respond in the coming hours with their measures. Read More

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