By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
The Russian government has banned British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and some members of the British cabinet from entering the country.
Russian foreign ministry disclosed this in a statement, on Saturday.
The ministry said the decision was taken owing to the “unprecedented hostile actions of the British government” against Russia following the war in Ukraine.
After the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops’ on February 24, many western countries, including the UK and United States, have imposed economic and other sanctions on Russia and influential persons from the country.
In February, the UK imposed sanctions on five Russian banks and three wealthy individuals.
In March, the UK froze the assets of Chelsea’s owner, Roman Abramovich, and six other Russian oligarchs for allegedly supporting “Putin’s vicious assault on Ukraine.”
Reacting to UK’s sanctions, Russia said the main task of the British authorities is to “stir up a negative attitude towards our country, curtail bilateral ties in almost all areas.”
“In connection with the unprecedented hostile actions of the British government, expressed, in particular, in the imposition of sanctions against top officials of the Russian Federation, a decision was made to include key members of the British government and a number of political figures in the Russian ‘stop list.”
“This step was taken as a response to London’s unbridled information and political campaign aimed at isolating Russia internationally, creating conditions for containing our country and strangling the domestic economy.
“In essence, the British leadership is deliberately aggravating the situation around Ukraine, pumping the Kyiv regime with lethal weapons and coordinating similar efforts on the part of NATO.
“The instigation of London is also unacceptable, which is strongly pushing not only its Western allies but also other countries to introduce large-scale anti-Russian sanctions, which, however, are senseless and counterproductive,” the statement read.