Russia has banned nearly 1,000 Americans, including President Biden, Vice President Harris and many other members of the US administration, from entering the country.
This comes in response to US support for Ukraine. From a press release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
- “In the context of the response to the constantly imposed anti-Russian sanctions by the United States and in connection with incoming inquiries regarding the personal composition of our national “arrest list”, the Russian Foreign Ministry publishes a list of American citizens who are permanently banned from entering the Russian Federation”
Former President Trump was not banned. Current Sen. Rand Paul, who delayed a Senate vote on Ukraine aid last week when he was the only senator to oppose it, was also not banned. The only senior Trump administration official included in the ban is former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Russia also banned former senators John McCain, Harry Reid and Orrin Hatch, even though they are all dead.