British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is banned from entering Russia in response to sanctions imposed by London over the military invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced today.
According to the ministry led by Sergei Lavrov in a statement, the ban on entry into the country also extends to other senior British officials, including several members of Boris Johnson’s government.
“This measure was taken in response to the unbridled political and media campaign aimed at isolating Russia internationally and creating the conditions to (…) strangle the national economy”, justified the Russian diplomacy.
According to Moscow, the British government “willfully aggravates the situation around Ukraine by filling the Kiev regime with lethal weapons and coordinating similar efforts by NATO.”
“The Russophobic policy of the British authorities, who took it upon themselves to promote a negative attitude towards our country and to freeze bilateral ties in practically all areas, harms the well-being and interests of the inhabitants of Great Britain itself”, they underlined. the Foreign Affairs.
In addition to Boris Johnson, the Russian entry ban also covers Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, Foreign Minister Liz Truss, Defense Minister Ben Wallace, former Prime Minister and now MP Theresa May and Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, according to Agence France-Presse.
Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine on February 24 that has killed nearly 2,000 civilians, according to UN data, which warns that the real number is likely to be much higher.
The war caused more than 11 million people to flee, more than 5 million of them to neighboring countries.
The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community in general, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and reinforcing economic and political sanctions on Moscow.
Source: with agencies