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South West Norfolk MP and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has been placed on a Kremlin blacklist and banned from entering Russia in response to sanctions against the country.

She joins Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, Justice Secretary Dominic Raab, and former PM Theresa May among others those on the list published by Russia’s foreign ministry.

The department said in a statement the move was due to the “unprecedented hostile actions of the British Government, expressed, in particular, in the imposition of sanctions against top officials” in Russia.

MP Liz Truss arrives in Russia (56129883)
MP Liz Truss arrives in Russia (56129883)

It added: “The Russophobic course of action of the British authorities, whose main goal is to stir up negative attitude toward our country, curtailing of bilateral ties in almost all areas, are detrimental to the wellbeing and interests of the residents of Britain. Any sanctions attack will inevitably backfire on their initiators and receive a decisive rebuff.”

It comes as Russian troops restarted assaults on the Ukrainian capital after a brief reprieve.

A UK Government spokesperson said: “The UK and our international partners stand united in condemning the Russian government’s reprehensible actions in Ukraine and calling for the Kremlin to stop the war. We remain resolute in our support for Ukraine.”

Elizabeth Truss - UK Parliament official portraits 2017. (56129880)
Elizabeth Truss - UK Parliament official portraits 2017. (56129880)

Mr Johnson spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday afternoon.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister paid tribute to the bravery of Ukrainian forces who continue to valiantly defend their country’s freedom.

“President Zelensky updated the Prime Minister on the situation in Mariupol, and the Prime Minister said he saluted Ukrainian resistance in the city.

“The pair discussed the need for a long-term security solution for Ukraine, and the Prime Minister said he would continue to work closely with allies and partners to ensure Ukraine could defend its sovereignty in the weeks and months to come.

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