Moscow points sanctions in opposition to UK journalists and defence officers


Russia has sanctioned 49 UK residents, together with journalists, defence officers and arms trade executives, in response to western punitive measures in opposition to Moscow over President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Those focused, together with Financial Times chief international affairs commentator Gideon Rachman, are barred from visiting Russia, which the international ministry stated was retaliation for “the UK government’s anti-Russian actions” in sanctioning a number of main Kremlin propagandists and executives at state-run defence companies.

The Russian international ministry stated on Tuesday stated the 29 journalists it had sanctioned have been “deliberately disseminating false and one-sided information about Russia and the events in Ukraine and the Donbas”, the jap border area dwelling to the worst combating of the conflict.

It added that the journalists — who additionally included BBC director-general Tim Davie, the editors of the Times, Telegraph, and Guardian — have been “inciting Russophobia in British society with their biased assessments.”

All however just a few of the journalists listed appeared to not have visited Russia or coated the nation for a number of years, if ever.

Shaun Walker, who was the Guardian’s Moscow correspondent till 2018, wrote on Twitter that it was “still a very strange/sad feeling to be put on their sanctions list along with other British colleagues.”

Two of these sanctioned as journalists are UK college professors apparently focused for newspaper columns and media appearances.

Mark Galeotti, a professor at University College London who research the Russian safety providers and organised crime, tweeted that his ban was a “shame,” including: “I still think of myself as a friend of Russia the country.”

The listing additionally included 20 individuals related to the UK defence trade, together with minister for defence procurement Jeremy Quin, the heads of the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, and a number of other executives from BAE Systems and Thales UK.

Russia stated these individuals “participate in decision-making about supplying weapons to Ukraine that are used by local death squads and Nazi groups to kill civilians and destroy civilian infrastructure”.

Moscow has repeatedly made baseless claims that Ukraine is managed by Nazis and is terrorising its personal civilians to justify its invasion.

The UK Ministry of Defence had no rapid remark.

Russia has beforehand focused journalists from the US and Canada in response to western sanctions but additionally largely spared these presently or beforehand masking the nation.

It has additionally sanctioned UK prime minister Boris Johnson, a lot of the cupboard, 287 members of parliament, and 154 members of the House of Lords. Hundreds of officers, former officers, and lawmakers from the US and Canada are additionally banned from coming into Russia.