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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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PM: Sanctions are a 'tough message' to Russia

European Union sanctions will send a "very tough message" to Russia, according to Prime Minister David Cameron.

EU Sanctions will send a tough message to Russia, according to the Prime Minister. Credit: Oli Scarff/PA Wire

He said: "The sanctions really relate to Vladimir Putin's and Russia's behaviour, and we want to make it absolutely clear that Russia's behaviour in destabilising another country - Ukraine - is unacceptable."

He added: "It was very clear in my conference call with President Obama, President Hollande, Chancellor Merkel and prime minister Renzi yesterday that we are united in sending that very tough message. It's a message that will be backed by tough action."

The measures will shut state-owned Russian banks out of European capital markets and target the defense sector and sensitive technologies, including oil.

However the the gas sector, on which Europe is heavily dependent, is not expected to be included when the sanctions which are likely to be announced tomorrow.

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