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Putin judo partner among Russians hit by sanctions

Three long-time Putin associates are among the list of individuals who have been hit with new European Union sanctions, including Putin's former judo partner Arkady Rotenberg.

Eight Russians, and companies including Russian National Commercial Bank were targeted with the new sanctions.

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Obama: Sanctions have already made Russia 'weaker'

US President Barracks Obama said a new round of sanctions will continue to ratchet up the pressure on Russia.

President Obama said sanctions had made the Russian economy weaker. Credit: ITV News

The US leader said existing sanctions have already made the Russian economy even weaker.

He added: "If Russia continues on this current path, the costs on Russia will continue to grow."

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