Financial TimesFinancial Times

EU hits Putin’s defence minister and chief of staff with sanctions

By Eleni Varvitsioti, Sam Fleming and Henry Foy

23 Feb 2022 · 2 min read

Vladimir Putin’s chief of staff and his defence minister have been blacklisted by the EU as part of the bloc’s first round of sanctions against Russia for its renewed aggression against Ukraine.

Anton Vaino, chief of staff in Putin’s presidential executive office, and Sergei Shoigu, defence minister, are among 27 people and entities named in a list of restrictive measures agreed by the EU’s member states.

Sign in to informed

  • Curated articles from premium publishers, ad-free
  • Concise Daily Briefs with quick-read summaries
  • Read, listen, save for later, or enjoy offline
  • Enjoy personalized content