WORLD Russia bans 32 New Zealand officials and journalists from entry

WORLD

Russia bans 32 New Zealand officials and journalists from entry

AFP

19:23, July 30, 2022

A picture taken on July 29, 2022 shows a view of the towers of the Moscow International Business Centre (Moskva City) in western Moscow. (Photo: AFP)

Russia announced Saturday it was banning 32 New Zealand officials and journalists from entering its territory, in response to similar measures taken by Wellington against Moscow.

Among those sanctioned are Wellington mayor Andrew Foster, the mayor of Auckland Philip Goff, the commander of New Zealand's navy Commodore Garin Golding and journalists Kate Green and Josie Pagani, Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement.

The decision was taken "in response to the government of New Zealand's sanctions, which increasingly affect Russian citizens", the statement said.

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