As published by the Hull Daily Mail:
David Davis has spoken out after the Russian government announced sanctions on British lawmakers barring them from the country. The Haltemprice and Howden MP posted a sardonic tweet on Wednesday in response to an announcement from the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Conservative Mr Davis tweeted: “I see I have been sanctioned by the Russian government alongside many of my colleagues in Parliament. How will I ever cope…”
Mr Davis is among 287 MPs to be sanctioned by Russia in a tit-for-tat move after British government moves against Duma deputies, members of the country’s equivalent of Parliament.
Boris Johnson said during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday that he would regard being on the list as a badge of honour. Russia’s Foreign Ministry stated its sanctions targeted British MPs it claimed had pushed hostile rhetoric, far-fetched accusations and whipped up Russophobic hysteria following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
The MPs are now banned from Russia while the sanctions remain in effect. Moscow stated they were also in response to sanctions on Duma deputies enacted in March, targeting 386 for supporting the Russia-backed Luhansk and Donetsk Ukrainian breakaway regions.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the measures targeted those who were complicit in what she dubbed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s barbaric war on Ukraine. Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey, Brexit Opportunities Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg, and Northern Ireland Minister Conor Burns are among members of the Government to be sanctioned.
Those sanctioned also included Labour Shadow Transport Secretary Louise Haigh, South Yorkshire Mayor Dan Jarvis and Shadow Armed Forces Minister Luke Pollard. House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle has also been barred from entering the country.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry stated: “The 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 cooperation.”
t comes as EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen accused Russia of blackmail after it cut off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria. Russia’s Defence Ministry stated its missiles hit an arms depot in Zaporizhzhia and 58 other Ukrainian targets.
A Russian arms depot near Staraya Nelidovka close to the Ukrainian border has also been targeted, according to a local official. Russian troops have also continued their push on the Azovstal steel plant in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on the Black Sea coast, its defenders’ last holding there.
The war has so far left between 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian troops killed and about 10,000 wounded up to mid-April, according to Kyiv. Independent news outlet estimates put the number of Russian soldiers killed at 1,744 as of Friday, April 22.
UK Government estimates put the total number of troops both from Russia and its allies at as high as 15,000 as of Monday. The UN’s latest estimate of civilian casualties stands at 2,787 killed and 3,152 wounded since the Russian invasion began in late February.