President Barack Obama signed an executive order to impose visa restrictions and freeze any US assets of 20 more top officials and business people. The European Union also added more 12 names to its list of people facing sanctions in protest at Russia's absorption of Crimea after a referendum in the peninsula to leave Ukraine in favour of unification with Russia.
The Kremlin has not ruled out taking response measures with regard to Montenegro, Albania, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Ukraine, which have joined the sanctions imposed on Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters
The first formal meeting in the legal proceedings in which the Crimean museums that are now under the Russian jurisdiction, demand the return to them of a collection of Scythian gold displayed at an exhibit in the Allard Pierson Museum at Amsterdam University, has been held in the Amsterdam court
The Russian Foreign Ministry views the new U.S. sanctions against Russia as an attempt to take revenge for the fact that the events in Ukraine are not unfolding in a way Washington would like them to unfold