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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson banned from ever entering Russia

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Boris Johnson has been sanctioned by the Kremlin and included on the official Russian “stop list” – and is now banned from entering the country.

The Prime Minister tops the list of UK subjects no longer allowed to enter the Russian Federation, alongside Rishi SunakLiz TrussBen WallaceDominic RaabGrant Shapps and Priti Patel.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is also listed, along with former Prime Minister Theresa May, who authorised sanctions after the Salisbury poison incident in 2018.

Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement: “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’.”

It accused the British Government of taking a “Russophobic course” by encouraging other countries to also start “senseless and counterproductive” sanctions against the nation.

A handout photo released by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Service shows British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Johnson is joined on the list by a number of his Cabinet ministers, including Liz Truss, Dominic Raab and Rishi Sunak ( Image: UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SER)

The statement added: “In the near future, this list will be expanded to include British politicians and parliamentarians who contribute to whipping up anti-Russian hysteria.”

The UK has imposed sanctions on Russia since February, in the immediate aftermath of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

These have then been ramped up in recent weeks, after the full-scale of Russia’s alleged war crimes were uncovered in Bucha, where hundreds of people were found to have been tortured and executed at close range.

Police have also said the bodies of more than 900 Ukrainian civilians were found in Kyiv since Russia’s withdrawal, with around 95% of them having died from gunshot wounds.

Earlier this month, Britain announced it would end all imports of Russian coal and oil by the end of the year, while gas imports would then be stopped “as soon as possible thereafter”.

Foreign Secretary Truss also confirmed a full asset freeze on Russia’s biggest bank, Sberbank.

Last month the Kremlin singled out Johnson as the “most active” opponent of the war in Ukraine in a threatening message to the UK.

Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, who has himself been sanctioned by the UK, said: “As for Mr Johnson, we see him as the most active participant in the race to be anti-Russian. It will lead to a foreign policy dead end.”

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