Russia announced that it has banned the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, from entering the country. This move comes in retaliation for what the Russian government calls a ‘hostile’ stance over the war in Ukraine. It is a similar ban to last month when Russia banned the United States President, Joe Biden, from entering because of his opposition to the war.
Not only has the Prime Minister been barred from entering Russia, but so have twelve other senior UK government officials as of April 16. Mostly senior members of the Cabinet, the list comprises the most influential politicians in the British political scene. The complete list includes:
- Prime Minister: Boris Johnson
- Deputy Prime Minister: Dominic Raab
- Foreign Secretary: Liz Truss
- Home Secretary: Priti Patel
- Defence Secretary: Ben Wallace
- Chancellor: Rishi Sunak
- Minister: Kwasi Kwarteng
- Minister: Nadine Dorries
- Minister: James Heappey
- Attorney General: Suella Braverman
- First Minister and Leader of Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon
- MP and Former PM: Theresa May
The United Kingdom has been one of the toughest opponents of Russia so far since its invasion of Ukraine on February 24. It is a retaliatory action as the British government has recently announced even more sanctions against Russia due to the ongoing war. Economic and financial restrictions have been imposed on the country to punish the Russian government, its officials, and the powerful oligarchs that hold a lot of political influence on the global sphere. Countries like the United Kingdom within The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) , have been supplying Ukraine with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of munitions, military equipment, and aid in the past couple of months. Although they are not directly involved in the fighting yet, the West is a strong ally of Ukraine against Russia.
Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has claimed that such sanctions and aid for Ukraine are a direct attack on Russia and its people. He has warned that if the United Kingdom continues to support Ukraine, there will be ‘unpredictable consequences in the future'. What this means is not entirely clear. Putin has threatened more military action and possibly nuclear war but that level of escalation is unlikely for now. As of now, it is evident that the ban on PM Johnson and his parliamentary cabinet is a direct result of what Putin considers to be continuous British hostility.
This ban essentially means that the British Prime Minister will not be allowed to visit Russia soon under any circumstance. Boris Johnson will not be involved in peace talks, trade negotiations, or political deals in Moscow as long as the war in Ukraine continues. PM Johnson recently visited Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Zelensky to show solidarity with Ukraine. It was a surprise visit where the British PM promised to send 120 armoured vehicles and anti-ship missile systems to Ukraine to help it fight against Russia. This diplomatic move was sure to deeply upset Putin, thus, resulting in the ban for the British politicians. They may be welcome in Ukraine but no longer in Russia. It is a big sign that the British-Russian relationship has deteriorated massively in the past few months, with either side unwilling to be on friendly terms anymore. It has reached the point of non-existence.
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