MPs banned from Russia for ‘whipping up hysteria’

Friday 6th May 2022 10:00 am
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COUNTY MPs Jesse Norman and Bill Wiggin have been banned from entering Russia by Vladimir Putin’s government.

The Conservative duo are among nearly 300 MPs and former members of the House of Commons accused of “whipping up Russophobic hysteria” to be barred from Russian Federation soil.

PM Boris Johnson told the House of Commons last Wednesday the banned politicians should wear the sanctions as a “badge of honour”.

Forest MP Mark Harper and Monmouth MP David Davies have also been barred alongside South Herefordshire MP Mr Norman and his North Herefordshire counterpart Sir Bill Wiggin, who lives outside his constituency in Upton Bishop near Ross-on-Wye.

The Russian foreign ministry said it was taking action against the 287 politicians from both sides of the House in response to sanctions against Russian politicians, although its list contains 10 former MPs, with those targeted presumably culled from an out-of-date pre-2019 election list.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s department announced the move in response to the UK sanctioning 386 members of the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, last month.

Forest of Dean Tory MP Mr Harper, who was chief whip under David Cameron, tweeted: “Proud to be on this list with many of my colleagues in the House of Commons.

“Russia really hates being called out for their illegal invasion of Ukraine and disgraceful war crimes.

“The United Kingdom stands with Ukraine.”

A translation of the Russian foreign ministry statement said the sanctions were being applied “on the basis of reciprocity”.

It added: “These persons, who are no longer allowed to enter the Russian Federation, took the most active part in the establishment of anti-Russian sanctions instruments in London, and contribute to the groundless whipping up of Russophobic hysteria in the UK.

“The hostile rhetoric and far-fetched accusations coming from the mouths of British parliamentarians not only condone the hostile course of London, aimed at demonising our country and its international isolation, but are also used by opponents of mutually respectful dialogue with Russia to undermine the foundation of bilateral co-operation.”

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