Skip to content

EU Set to Freeze Assets of Russia’s Putin, Lavrov Over Ukraine

Vladimir Putin, right, and Sergei Lavrov in 2020.

Vladimir Putin, right, and Sergei Lavrov in 2020.

Photographer: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Updated on

European Union diplomats approved a plan to sanction Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov over the invasion of Ukraine, a move that would freeze their overseas assets, according to two senior officials. 

The asset freeze, which comes in addition to a broader package of sanctions that the EU approved early Friday, does not affect the ability of Putin or Lavrov to travel, the officials said, as the EU seeks to keep diplomatic avenues open.