EU approves Russian asset freeze that includes President Putin and Sergey Lavrov

The Eurpean Union approved on Friday a Russian asset freeze that included Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

It was unclear how Lavrov and Putin would be affected by such a move or if it would be mainly symbolic.

A decision to freeze their assets indicates that Western powers are moving toward unprecedented measures to force Putin to stop the brutal invasion of Russia’s neighbor and from unleashing a major war in Europe.

“We are not just listing oligarchs, we haven’t just already listed many lawmakers who prepared these steps, but we are now also listing the president, Mr. Putin, and the foreign minister, Mr. Lavrov,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said.

EU foreign ministers meeting late Friday would need unanimous support from the 27 member nations to impose such an asset freeze.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell voiced his support for the move and hoped there would be “no surprises.”

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