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Russia bans entry to nearly 600 Canadians including Trudeau and Freeland

Russia bans entry to nearly 600 Canadians including Trudeau and Freeland

(Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday it was imposing entry bans on nearly 600 Canadian nationals including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for what it called « hostile actions » by the country’s leadership.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland was also among 592 people barred from travelling to Russia in the largely symbolic move.

It formed part of a pattern of Russian retaliation against countries which have provided political and military support to Ukraine. On Wednesday, Russia imposed a similar travel ban on hundreds of British members of parliament.

« We emphasize these kinds of sanctions are imposed out of necessity by the Russian side and exclusively in response to the hostile actions of the Canadian leadership, » the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

The ministry last week announced sanctions against 61 Canadian officials, journalists and military experts for supporting what it called the « Russophobic » stance of the Canadian administration.

(Reporting by Reuters)

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