Russia’s ambassador to the UK banned from attending parliament

Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin and other Russian diplomats in London were officially banned from visiting the British Parliament building. This is reported by The Guardian, citing a document signed by Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsey Hoyle and Lord Speaker of the House of Lords John McFall.

"As an officially accredited representative of the Russian government, the ambassador will not be invited to the parliamentary residence until further notice," the statement said.

The publication notes that informally, Russian diplomats have been restricted access to the British Parliament since the end of February - after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but now this ban has been confirmed in writing for the first time.

In April, Andrey Kelin was summoned to the British Foreign Office, where he was expressed concern about the "malicious actions" of Moscow. Among such Russian actions were mentioned cyberattacks, interference in elections, buildup of military presence on the border with Ukraine and in Crimea.

At the end of May, Kelin said that the British authorities were seeking to isolate Russian diplomats. “Parliamentary ties also ceased,” he noted.

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