Moscow bans more than 900 American personalities from Russia


Russia on Saturday released a list of 963 prominent Americans, including US President Joe Biden, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman banned from entering the country in retaliation for similar moves by Washington since the offensive in Ukraine.

Those named in the list on the Russian Foreign Ministry website also include US government officials, lawmakers and other high-profile figures.

Moscow had already announced sanctions targeting many of those on the list, including Biden, his secretary of state Antony Blinken, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin and Zuckerberg.

Freeman, who had not yet been named by Russian authorities, is accused by Moscow of recording a video in 2017 in which he claimed Russia was plotting against the United States.

“The Russian counter-sanctions are necessary and aimed at coercing the United States which is trying to impose a neo-colonial ‘world order’ on the rest of the planet (…) to change its position and recognize new geopolitical realities”, said the Russian Foreign Ministry. in a statement on Saturday.

He added that Moscow remained open to “honest dialogue” and drew a distinction between the American people and authorities “inciting Russophobia”.

Since the offensive in Ukraine, Moscow has banished hundreds of “Anglo-Saxons” from Russia.

On Saturday, he said he also banned 26 other Canadians, including Sophie Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister’s wife.


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