The Russian Foreign Ministry has said that sanctions have been imposed on 287 MPs. A statement said that the sanctions came in response to the UK Government’s sanctions on 386 deputies of the Russian State Duma in March. The MPs will no longer be allowed to enter Russia.
The Russian Government accused them of playing “the most active part in the establishment of anti-Russian sanctions instruments in London”, saying that they “contribute to the groundless whipping up of Russophobic hysteria in the UK.”
It added: “The hostile rhetoric and far-fetched accusations coming from the mouths of British parliamentarians not only condone the hostile course of London, aimed at demonizing our country and its international isolation, but are also used by opponents of mutually respectful dialogue with Russia to undermine the foundation of bilateral cooperation.”
Included in the list of MPs is former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Brexit Opportunities Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Therese Coffey and Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle.
The Russian Foreign Ministry threatened to sanction more people, saying: “Taking into account London’s bet on the consistent strengthening of anti-Russian sanctions, work on retaliatory countermeasures, including the expansion of the Russian ‘stop list’, will continue.”
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