Image ID 2HWY13P Ben Wallace on Downing Street 080322 CREDIT MALCOLM PARK, ALAMY LIVE NEWS cover image
Library image of Defence Secretary Ben Wallace (Picture: Malcolm Park/Alamy Live News).
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Moscow blacklists Defence Secretary and Cabinet ministers

The reported move came as Russian forces resumed attacks in Kyiv and western Ukraine.

Image ID 2HWY13P Ben Wallace on Downing Street 080322 CREDIT MALCOLM PARK, ALAMY LIVE NEWS cover image
Library image of Defence Secretary Ben Wallace (Picture: Malcolm Park/Alamy Live News).

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, the Prime Minister and other British Cabinet ministers have been placed on a Kremlin blacklist and banned from entering Russia in response to sanctions against the country, reports suggest.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Justice Secretary Dominic Raab and former PM Theresa May are also believed to be among those on the list, according to the Russian news agency Tass.

Russia's foreign ministry 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.

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 forces resumed attacks in Kyiv and western Ukraine.

Also in recent days, the Russians lost their Black Sea Fleet flagship Moskva and accused Ukrainians of launching strikes on Russian territory.

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."