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on Thursday banned 39 Australian nationals in retaliation to Canberra
‘s sanctions against Moscow over the invasion of Ukraine. Among the Australian citizens who were banned from entering Russia also include those working in the security and defence sectors, reported news agency AFP.
“In response to the decision of officials in Canberra to impose sanctions… Russia is adding 39 more people to the list of those banned from entering its territory,” the Russian Foreign Ministry
said in a statement.
‘s deputy home affairs secretary Marc Ablong
, and police chiefs from several Australian regions are also included in the list circulated by the Russian Foreign Ministry. Before this list, Russia had already banned 121 Australians from entering the country by June this year.
Russia had also imposed sanctions against officials from western countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Last month in June, Russia also imposed personnel sanctions against 29 British media representatives and 20 defence figures. Russia has already imposed personal sanctions against several US and Canadian officials, including US President Joe Biden and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. On Wednesday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday said that the Russian military’s objectives in Ukraine had changed. Lavrov added that Russia’s aim in Ukraine is no longer limited “only” to the east. Notably, the fighting has intensified in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine comprising separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.