Russia sanctions 287 UK MPs in retaliation for Ukraine restrictions – POLITICO

LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) /PRNewswire/ — Russia has sanctioned 287 British MPs in a retaliatory move against British restrictions imposed over the invasion of Ukraine.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday that it would impose “personal restrictions” on 287 members of the House of Commons.

She argued that these politicians played “the most active role” in Britain’s March 11 decision to sanction 386 members of the Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, in response to their support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Moscow also accused British lawmakers of helping to “unprovokedly whip up Russophobic hysteria” in Britain

“The hostile rhetoric and far-fetched accusations emanating from British MPs not only condone London’s hostile course aimed at demonizing our country and its international isolation, but are also met with opponents of a mutually respectful dialogue with Russia used to undermine the dialogue basis of bilateral cooperation,” the ministry said in a statement.

The list of MPs sanctioned – 213 from the ruling Conservatives and 74 from the opposition Labor Party – includes Cabinet members Steve Barclay, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Thérèse Coffey, as well as Ministers Kevin Foster, Conor Burns, Penny Mordaunt and Chris Heaton-Harris, among others.

Speaker of the House Lindsay Hoyle tops the list of sanctioned Labor MPs, which includes former front benchers Diane Abbott and Barry Gardiner.

One of the sanctioned Tory MPs, former Secretary of State Mark Harper, said he was “proud” to be on the list, adding: “Russia really hates being called out for its illegal invasion of Ukraine and its heinous war crimes . The UK stands with Ukraine.”

The Russian government threatened to add more names to the list in the future, “taking into account London’s bet on the consistent tightening of anti-Russian sanctions”. Russia sanctions 287 UK MPs in retaliation for Ukraine restrictions - POLITICO

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