EU targets Russian intelligence chiefs, readies tougher sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) reviews Russian naval ships in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on May 9, 2014, with head of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov (R) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (L)Spurred into action by the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the EU put Russia’s intelligence chiefs on its sanctions list 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. Bortnikov and 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, who offered to send troops to support the pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine accused of shooting down flight MH17 with a Russian-supplied missile.

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