Russia announces entry bans on Australian, New Zealand PMs
NNN: Moscow on Thursday announced entry bans on the leaders of Australia and New Zealand in a tit-for-tat move after Canberra and Wellington slapped sanctions on Russia over its war in Ukraine.
The Russian Foreign Ministry accused Australia and New Zealand of “hostile actions” towards Russia.
Those barred from entering Russia included Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, as well as many ministers and MPs. In total, 228 people were named on the Australian list and 130 on the New Zealand list.
Moscow condemned Australia for a “reckless Russophobic drive” and for having “meekly followed” other Western countries.
“In the near future, the new announcements will expand the sanctions ‘blacklist’ to include Australian military, businessmen, pundits and journalists who are helping to incite a negative attitude towards our country,” the ministry said in a statement.
“Wellington’s willingness, disregarding his own interests and general decency, to follow a Russophobic line demonstrates once again the lack of independence and servility of his foreign policy” towards the West, he added.
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