Sanctions against Russia over its war in Ukraine are hurting its economy and President Vladimir Putin, France’s finance minister, said on Sunday, adding that a ban on Russian oil and gas imports into the European Union remained an option for Paris.

“They hurt the Russian state and they hurt Vladimir Putin,” Bruno Le Maire told LCI television in an interview.

Le Maire said: “Should we stop buying Russian oil immediately, should we stop importing Russian gas a little further down the road? The president has never ruled out these options.”

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