Obama expands sanctions against top aides, associates of Putin over annexation of Crimea

By Karen DeYoung, Will Englund, March 21, 2014

President Obama expanded sanctions against top aides and reputed financial associates of Russian President Vladi­mir Putin on Thursday as punishment for the annexation of Crimea, and laid the groundwork for far broader measures against “key sectors of the Russian economy” if Putin further escalates his actions in Ukraine.

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