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Russians targeted with new sanctions


OTTAWA — The federal government on Friday announced new travel restrictions and asset freezes against 14 Russians that mostly mirror sanctions announced by the White House on Thursday.

The sanctions are to protest Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean territory and the targets include senior members of President Vladimir Putin's inner circle and Bank Rossiya, the country's 17th largest financial institution.

The individuals named include policy advisers to Putin, his chief of staff, and military and financial officials.

"We continue to take additional actions to limit the capabilities of specific individuals and Bank Rossiya, which are responsible for undermining Ukraine's sovereignty," the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.

Putin signed a law Friday formalizing the annexation of Crimea.

He also said he doesn't have an account with Bank Rossiya, but plans to open one Monday.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be in Ukraine on Saturday.


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