President Barack Obama has signed an executive order expanding sanctions related to Russia's involvement in Ukraine, Politico reports.
The move authorizes Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to work with Secretary of State John Kerry to impose sanctions on "any individual or entity that operates in the Russian arms industry, and any designated individual or entity that acts on behalf of, or that provides material or other support to, any senior Russian government official," the White House said in a statement.
The sanctions are intended to "impose costs on named individuals who wield influence in the Russian government and those responsible for the deteriorating situation in Ukraine," the White House added."We stand ready to use these authorities in a direct and targeted fashion as events warrant."
Monday's executive order specifically targets seven Russian government officials: Vladislav Surkov, Sergey Glazyev, Leonid Slutsky, Andrei Klishas, Valentina Matviyenko, Dmitry Rogozin, and Yelena Mizulina.
It is also directed at former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and former chief of staff Viktor Medvedchuk, as well as Crimea separatist leaders Sergey Aksyonov and Vladimir Konstantinov.