Russia bans UK PM, top Indian-origin ministers Sunak, Patel

New York: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and several top UK Cabinet ministers and politicians are banned from Russia for their unprecedented hostile actions of imposing sanctions over the Ukraine conflict, the Russian Foreign Minister said in a recent statement.

The full list of 13 British politicians on the so-called stop list issued from Moscow includes Indian-origin ministers UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Home Secretary Priti Patel, and Attorney General Suella Braverman as well as Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, and defense secretary, Ben Wallace. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the list will be expanded in the near future to include more British politicians and parliamentarians.

The ministry accused London of “unprecedented hostile actions”, in particular referring to sanctions on Russia’s senior officials.  “The British leadership is deliberately aggravating the situation surrounding Ukraine, pumping the Kyiv regime with lethal weapons and coordinating similar efforts on the behalf of NATO,” the ministry said.

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 into Ukraine on February 24.

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