Russia bars 25 Britons from entering country in retaliation for UK government sanctions

 Russia bars 25 Britons from entering country in retaliation for UK government sanctions

Russia has barred 25 British citizens from entering the country in a tit-for-tat move after London sanctioned 25 Russians, including a close ally of Vladimir Putin.

A Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman accused the UK of interfering in Russia’s internal affairs by issuing the July sanctions against individuals thought to be involved in the mistreatment and death of a Russian lawyer called Sergei Magnitsky.

“In response to the unfriendly actions of the British authorities and on the basis of the principle of reciprocity, the Russian side made a decision to impose personal sanctions against 25 British representatives who are barred from entering the Russian Federation,” Maria Zakharova said in a statement.

“We once again call on the British leadership to abandon an unfounded confrontational line with regard to our country.

Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova listens during the annual news conference in Moscow

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