Douglas Ross banned from visiting Russia
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DOUGLAS Ross has been sanctioned by the Kremlin for spreading 'Russophobic hysteria'.
Moray's MP was included on a list published by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday alongside all other Scottish Conservative MPs banning them from the country.
Ross is one of nearly 300 UK politicians to have been hit by the sanctions.
Ross said: "The Russian government may think this will stop me and my colleagues from calling out their barbaric invasion of Ukraine, but they couldn’t be further from the truth.
"Vladimir Putin's despicable acts need to be condemned in the strongest possible terms and this won't stop me.
"For weeks now I have highlighted the strong support from the UK for the people of Ukraine and the tough sanctions imposed on Russia.
"If this led to me being added to this list, then so be it.
"It is another desperate act from a regime that is indiscriminately killing innocent people and destroying a fellow European country.
"I will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine at every single turn and support them in every way I can.
"Not being able to now travel to Russia doesn't bother me in the slightest and pales into insignificance when considering the sacrifices the people of Ukraine are making on a daily basis."
The Kremlin said it was taking action against the members of the House of Commons in response to sanctions against Russian politicians.
A statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry added: "These persons, who are now banned from entering the Russian Federation, took the most active part in the establishment of anti-Russian sanctions instruments in London, and contribute to the groundless escalation of Russophobic hysteria in the UK."