• Joe Biden and Mark Zuckerberg are no longer allowed to enter Russia


    Digital Desk: In retaliation for similar efforts by Washington since the offensive in Ukraine, Russia published a list of 963 prominent Americans on Saturday, including US Vice President Joe Biden, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman.

    US government officials, and other powerful persons are among those identified on the Russian foreign ministry's website.

    Many of those on the list had previously been sanctioned by Moscow, including Joe Biden, his Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin, and Mark Zuckerberg.

    Morgan Freeman, who had not been named by Russian officials before, is accused by Moscow of recording a video in 2017 in which he said Russia was planning against the United States.

    "The Russian counter-sanctions are necessary and aim to force the United States, which is attempting to impose a neocolonial 'global order' on the rest of the globe... to adjust its position and recognise new geopolitical realities," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

    It went on to say that Moscow was open to "honest discourse" and made a distinction between US citizens and authorities "inciting Russophobia."

    Hundreds of "Anglo-Saxons" have been barred from entering Russia since the offensive in Ukraine.

    It announced on Saturday that it had also blacklisted 26 more Canadians, including Sophie Trudeau, the Prime Minister's wife.

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