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2022-May-21  19:19

Russia Slaps Entry Ban on 963 American Citizens, Including Biden

TEHRAN (FNA)- Moscow has banned 963 US individuals, including US President Joe Biden, his relatives, and other officials and managers, from entering Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

"Russia is publishing the list of American citizens, who are permanently barred from entering the Russian Federation, as countermeasures to the constant imposition of sanctions against Russia by the US and in response to inquiries about individuals included in our national stop list," the ministry said in a statement, RIA Novosti reported.

The ministry noted that the list includes individuals, who "foment Russophobia and those who serve them", noting that it does not include common American citizens "who have always been respected by us".

The list is published on the ministry's website.

"Washington's hostile actions, which boomerang on the US itself, will be furtehr met with an appropriate response," the ministry said, adding that "the Russian counter-sanctions have been forced and are aimed at pressuring the ruling American regime, which is trying to push the rest of the world into neo-colonial 'rules-based world order,' to change its behavior by recognizing the new geopolitical realities".

The ministry reiterated that Russia does not seek confrontation and is open to dialogue in the spirit of mutual respect.