Russia tightens sanctions by banning 39 British politicians and journalists

David Cameron, Sir Keir Starmer and BBC presenter Huw Edwards are the latest British politician and journalist barred from entering Russia.

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a list of 39 newly sanctioned people who said they were no longer allowed to enter the Russian Federation.

It said the action was in response to British sanctions issued against Russian ministers, officials and members of influential families linked to the Kremlin following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. rice field.

The Russian Foreign Ministry claimed that the sanctioned individuals had contributed to “London’s hostile policy aimed at demonizing our country and isolating it internationally.”

Former Prime Minister Cameron is the first name on the list, followed by Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, former NATO Secretary General, and starmer Labor leader Lisa Nandy, David Lammy and Nick Thomas Simmons.

Among them are Scottish National Party (SNP) Westminster leader Ian Blackford, Scottish Economy Secretary Kate Forbes and former Foreign Office Secretary of Transport Wendy Morton.

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Piers Morgan attends the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards presented by American Airlines and Jaguar Land Rover on October 25, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)

Journalists such as Edwards, TalkTV’s Piers Morgan, ITV’s Robert Peston, and Sky News head John Ryley are listed alongside reporters from various media outlets.

Morgan wrote on Twitter:

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement: from the Russian side.

“Choosing to support the confrontation is a conscious decision of the British political system and it takes full responsibility for its consequences.”

The statement also said it would continue work to expand the list.

Earlier this year, Russia said it was taking action against 287 parliamentarians in retaliation for sanctions against Russian politicians.

However, the list included several former MPs.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in April that MPs should consider being on the list a “seal of honor”.

Richard Wheeler

PA media