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Russia Implements Travel Restrictions on Prominent Americans
Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken measures to ban the entry of “500 Americans” into the country as a response to the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the Joe Biden administration. Among the individuals affected by this travel ban are former US President Barack Obama, former Ambassador Jon Huntsman, multiple US senators, and the expected future chairman of the joint chiefs, Charles Q. Brown Jr.
Late Night Hosts and Capitol Incident Implications
The travel ban extends to prominent American late-night TV hosts, including Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and Seth Meyers. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that the list of banned individuals also encompasses government and law enforcement personnel involved in the persecution of dissidents following the events at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, when supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building.
Inclusion of CNN Figures and British Citizen
The updated list of sanctioned individuals released on Friday includes CNN anchor Erin Burnett, as well as previously targeted CNN personnel such as Chief International Security Correspondent Nick Paton Walsh, Senior Global Affairs Analyst Bianna Golodryga, and CNN contributor Timothy Naftali. Notably, the list labeled “500 Americans” includes Nick Paton Walsh, who is a British citizen.
Justification for the Travel Bans
In a statement published on its website, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs justified the travel bans as a strong reaction to any hostile actions against Russia. However, the specific complaints against each individual and the full implications of the sanctions were not elaborated upon beyond the travel restrictions.
Denial of Consular Access and Visa Issue
Additionally, the ministry mentioned that it continues to deny a request from the US embassy for consular access to American journalist Evan Gershkovich.
Also Russia denies consular access to American journalist Evan Gershkovich, attributing this denial to the failure of issuing visas to Russian journalists from the Lavrov pool, which refers to the visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the United States in April.
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