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EU targets Russian intelligence chiefs, readies tougher sanctions

Published on Jul 26, 2014 7:10 PM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Stung into action by the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the EU put Russia's intelligence chiefs on its sanctions list on Saturday as it readied much harsher measures against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

The director of the FSB security service, Alexander Bortnikov, and the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Mikhail Fradkov were among 15 people and 18 entities hit with asset freezes and visa bans, the EU's Official Journal said.

Mr Bortnikov and Mr Fradkov, both members of the Russian Security Council, were included for their part in "threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine," it said.

Among other figures was Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, having offered to send troops to support the pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine who have been blamed for shooting down flight MH17 with a Russian-made missile.

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