US imposes sanctions on Bortnikov, Kiriyenko, Fradkov and family members, administration says

WASHINGTON, February 23. /TASS/. The United States imposed sanctions on the director of the Russian Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov and his son Denis, the first deputy chief of staff of the presidential executive office Sergei Kiriyenko and his son Vladimir, general director of Promsvyazbank Pyotr Fradkov, as well as their relatives, a senior US administration official said during a briefing on new US sanctions imposed on Moscow.

“I will name the Russian elites, which also include their family members, Alexander Bortnikov and his son Denis (VTB Bank vice-president and chairman of the board), Sergey Kiriyenko and his son Vladimir (general director of VK) , Pyotr Fradkov, who is the CEO of Promsvyazbank. So these people and their relatives are now all totally blocked,” he said.

The sanctions target “influential Russians and their family members within Putin’s inner circle suspected of participating in the Russian regime’s kleptocracy,” the US Treasury Department said in a press release on Tuesday. “All property and interests in the property of the persons named above that are in the United States or in the possession or control of United States persons are blocked,” according to the press release.

On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the sovereignty of the DPR and LPR (Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics). Subsequent agreements of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance were signed with their leaders. Putin instructed the Russian Foreign Ministry to establish diplomatic relations with the DPR and LPR, and the Russian Defense Ministry was tasked with ensuring peacekeeping in their territories.

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