Russia Expected to Face Sanctions over Ukraine

Russia is expected to face new American and European sanctions Monday for its actions in Ukraine, including measures against both Russian officials and cronies of President Vladimir Putin, senior U.S. officials and Western diplomats told CNN.

The European Union is expected to impose sanctions Monday on about 15 Russian officials who are believed to be undermining democracy and creating chaos in Ukraine, according to the Western diplomats.  The sanctions will include asset freezes and travel bans.

The EU is not expected to impose sanctions on Putin cronies in part because the European judiciary system has a much higher bar in terms of applying the law, the diplomats said.


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