Moscow is barring Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other top ministers from entering Russia because of Britain’s “hostile” stance on the Ukraine war. BBC.
Reuters reports that the Russian Foreign Ministry has banned Boris Johnson, Foreign Minister Lis Tras, Defense Minister Ben Wallace and 10 other politicians and members of the British government from entering the country.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the move comes in the wake of “unprecedented hostility by the British government, especially in imposing sanctions on senior Russian officials.”
The list of British officials allowed by Moscow will be expanded soon, the report said.
In March, Moscow imposed a similar ban on US President Joe Biden.
Other names on the list:
- Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Robb.
- Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shops
- Home Minister, Priti Patel
- Finance Minister Rishi Sunak
- Minister of Entrepreneurship, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Quasi Quarteng
- Nadine Doris, Minister of Digitization, Culture, Media and Sports
- Armed Forces Minister James Hippie
- The Prime Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon
- Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland Suella Browerman
- Conservative MP and former British Prime Minister Theresa May
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Moscow’s “unrestricted political and information campaign aimed at creating conditions for international isolation of Russia, the limitation of our country and the paralysis of the domestic economy” were the reason for Moscow’s decision.
“The British leadership is deliberately aggravating the situation around Ukraine, forcing the Kyiv regime to use deadly weapons and coordinating NATO’s similar efforts,” the statement said.
Earlier this week, the British and US governments announced new sanctions against Russia.
These include financial measures aimed at affecting Russia’s economy and imposing fines on President Putin, top officials and those who have benefited from his rule.
Earlier, on March 24, the Kremlin listed Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the most active Russian opposition leader and said London’s approach would lead to a diplomatic stalemate.
“According to Mr Johnson, we see him as a very active participant in the anti-Russian race,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russia’s RIA news agency at the time.
“This will lead to a stalemate in foreign policy,” he added.
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