Moscow on Saturday announced it was barring Prime Minister Boris Johnson and several other top British officials from entry after London imposed sanctions on Russia over its military operation in Ukraine.
“This move was taken in response to London’s rampant information and political campaign to isolate Russia internationally, create conditions to restrain our country and strangle its domestic economy,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
The ministry accused London of “unprecedented hostile actions”, referring in particular to sanctions against senior officials of Russia.
“The British leadership is deliberately aggravating the situation around Ukraine, pumping up the Kiev regime with deadly weapons and coordinating similar efforts on behalf of NATO,” the ministry said.
The Russian blacklist includes British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, former Prime Minister Theresa May and Scotland’s Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Britain has been part of an international effort to punish Russia with asset freezes, travel bans and economic sanctions since President Vladimir Putin moved troops to Ukraine on Feb. 24.
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