Nicola Sturgeon banned from Russia as Putin retaliates over Ukraine

This follows similar action taken by Russia against US President Joe Biden last month

The First Minister was issued with the ban along with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and a number of senior UK Government figures.

In a statement, Russia’s foreign ministry claimed that British leaders had been “aggravating the situation around Ukraine” by providing Ukraine with weapons.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak, home secretary Priti Patel and foreign secretary Liz Truss have also all been banned.

US President Joe Biden was similar issued with a ban by Russia last month.

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson,
  • Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
  • Foreign secretary Liz Truss
  • Chancellor Rishi Sunak
  • Home secretary Priti Patel
  • Defence secretary Ben Wallace,
  • Deputy prime minister Dominic Raab
  • Transport secretary Grant Shapps,
  • Energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng,
  • Culture minister Nadine Dorries,
  • Armed forces minister James Heappey
  • Attorney general Suella Braverman,
  • Former Prime Minister Theresa May.

In its statement, Russia’s foreign ministry said: “London’s unbridled information and political campaign aimed at isolating Russia internationally, creating conditions for containing our country and strangling the domestic economy” were responsible for its decision.

It added: “In essence, the British leadership is deliberately aggravating the situation around Ukraine, pumping the Kyiv regime with lethal weapons and coordinating similar efforts on the part of Nato.”

In response to the ban, Nicola Sturgeon insisted that Scotland stands with Ukraine.

“Scotland is determined to take the strongest possible action to isolate and penalise his regime, and do everything possible to support the people of Ukraine.

“We must make sure that those on the side of freedom and democracy work together to ensure Putin’s regime, and his network of oligarchs, are as isolated as possible.

“International condemnation – not just in words but in actions – against Russia must be as strong as possible.

“It falls to every leader to choose a side in this unprovoked aggression. I am clear that I stand with Ukraine and against Putin. And Scotland is clear – we all stand with Ukraine.”

Meanwhile, in an impassioned plea to the head of the Orthodox Church in Russia, Patriarch Kirill, Scotland’s Catholic Bishops have urged him to “intervene with the President of Russia to bring this tragedy to an end”.
Highlighting the death of innocent people, the letter points out that “the beauty and power of the Orthodox faith is a message of peace”.
The letter is signed by the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert on behalf of all the bishops of Scotland.

2 comments

  1. War, war, war, Sturgeon wants war.

    She has called for the UK and other western airforces to engage with Russia.

    Supportive of the UK and US pumping ever more weaponry into the Ukraine she is exacy on side with Prime. Minister Johnson.

    Not for them a negotiated ceasefire, a negotiation for peace.

    Zelensky has armed and agitated on the Russian border, his Azog battalions have slaughtered tens of thousands of ethnic Russians and his policy has been aggression to Russia.

    And now with a horrendous conflagration he calls not for negotiation but more and ever heavier weaponry.

    With his country now a proxy war for the UK and the US to fight Russia he has fought death and destruction to his country.

    This war was engineered, was planned. It did not happen by accident. And now his people, his country pay when peace could and should have been negotiated.

    It takes two to tango and as a patsy for the US and the UKs geo political plans Zelensky has fully facilitated war war.

    Zelensky, like Sturgeon, are a pair of pasties. Especially with the UK now having despatched nuclear armed submarines from their base in Scotland.

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