“This measure was taken in response to the rampant media and political campaign to isolate Russia internationally and create the conditions for (…) strangulation of the national economy,” Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement. The ministry reports “unseen hostile actions” by London.
In addition to Johnson, the Russian blacklist also includes his Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Dominic Raab, Secretary of State Liz Truss and Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace. Also on the list: former Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Moscow threatens to expand the list soon to include even more British politicians and MPs who “continue to fuel anti-Russian hysteria, incite the West to threaten Moscow and unfairly encourage the neo-Nazi regime in Kiev”.