US imposes visa and property sanctions to punish Russia

As EU hesitates over sanctions against Russia in view of its members’ broad trade ties with Moscow, US President Barack Obama signed an executive order Thursday for visa and property sanctions against “individuals and entities responsible for undermining the democracy and the territorial integrity of Ukraine.” He acted after Crimea’s pro-Russian parliament announced a March 16 referendum on whether the region should secede from Ukraine and become part of Russia. 

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