Kremlin Puts Clegg On Travel Ban Blacklist


Sunday 31 May 2015

The former deputy PM is among those barred by Russia in response to EU sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

04:29, UK,Sunday 31 May 2015

Nick Clegg

The ex-Lib Dem leader was critical of Russia when in office

Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is among nearly 90 European figures on a secret Russian “stop list” banned from entering the country.

Other names reported to be blacklisted by the Kremlin include the former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nicholas Houghton, Defence Minister Philip Dunne and former defence minister Andrew Robathan.

They are joined by MI5 director general Andrew Parker and the former MI6 chief Sir John Sawers on what appears to be a leaked version of the list that has appeared online.

Russia travel ban list

Andrew Robathan and Sir Malcolm Rifkind are also on the list

The disclosure comes after a number of EU politicians tried to travel to the country in recent months, only to be told at the border they could not enter Russia because they were on the list.

The list was handed to the EU’s ambassador by the Moscow authorities earlier this week after repeated requests.

The move has been condemned by the Foreign Office, which said there was “absolutely no justification” for it.

The measure will be widely seen as a response to EU sanctions against Russia over its support for separatist rebels fighting government forces in eastern Ukraine.

An EU spokesman said: “The list with 89 names has now been shared by the Russian authorities.

“We don’t have any other information on legal basis, criteria and process of this decision.

“We consider this measure as totally arbitrary and unjustified, especially in the absence of any further clarification and transparency.

“We are keeping in close contact with the member states involved.”

The Foreign Office said the existence of the list would not affect EU sanctions.

“There is absolutely no justification for this list.

“And the Russian authorities have not provided any legal basis for the list or for the names on it,” a Foreign Office spokeswoman said.

“If Russia thinks this action will cause the EU to change its position on sanctions, it is wrong.

“The way for Russia to get the sanctions lifted is to remove its troops from Ukraine and comply with its obligations under the Minsk agreements.

“The EU and member states are urgently seeking more transparency from the Russian authorities for this move.”

Mr Clegg has been an outspoken critic of Russia, with Lib Dem ministers snubbing last year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi because of the country’s anti-gay laws.

He also argued Russia should lose the right to host the 2018 World Cup following the downing of a civilian airliner in eastern Ukraine last July, with the loss of 298 lives.


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Here are a few considerations that may stimulate a rethink.

First, China does not need the Spratly Islands to threaten north-bound shipping in the South China Sea. It could do so easily, if it wanted to, without controlling this disputed island group. China’s Southern Fleet is headquartered in Hainan, which sits in a commanding position opposite the Philippines in the area that overlooks the northern-most egress from this semi-enclosed sea…

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Hong Kong’s Besieged Chief Executive CY Leung Challenged to Step Down Amid Democracy Fight

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Leung Chun-ying has clashed with pro-democracy lawmakers who call package ‘fake democracy’ as candidates for leader will be vetted by loyalist committee


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Chief executive Leung Chun-ying dodged the resignation question and told legislators the city was at a “critical juncture”, urging them to support the roadmap for leadership elections in 2017 – the first ever public vote for the chief executive.
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“The strategic value is what we see in TPP – to be part of the team,” said a Japanese government source familiar with the talks, noting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took a political risk by putting the sensitive farm sector on the table to join.

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Russia invites Greece to Be Sixth Member of BRICS New Development Bank



Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras thanked Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak for the invitation and said Greece is interested in the offer. The bank is expected to be one of the largest financial institutions to fund various infrastructure projects in the BRICS countries and emerging economies.
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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday held a telephone conversation with Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak.
During the conversation, Storchak invited Greece to become the sixth member of the New Development Bank of BRICS countries, Greece’s Syriza party reported on its website.

Storchak is a representative of the BRICS Bank which is now being established.

The newly appointed chief of the bank is Kundapur Vaman Kamath, the former Non-Executive Chairman of ICIC Bank, India’s second largest bank.

“The Prime Minister thanked Storchak and said he was pleasantly surprised by the invitation for Greece to be the sixth member of the BRICS Development Bank. Tsipras said Greece is interested in the offer, and promised to thoroughly examine it. He will have a chance to discuss the invitation with the other BRICS leader during the 2015 International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg,” the report read.

Delegates of the countries members of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) sign the creation of their new development bank during the 6th BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, on July 15, 2014
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On July 15, 2014, in Fortaleza, Brazil, the BRICS member countries signed an agreement to establish the $100 billion New Development Bank, formerly referred to as the BRICS bank, and a reserve currency pool set at $100 billion. Russia will contribute $18 billion to the pool, along with India and Brazil. China is expected to contribute the largest share of $41 billion, with South Africa chipping in the remaining $5 billion.
The bank is expected to be one of the largest financial institutions to fund various infrastructure projects in the BRICS countries and emerging economies.

The BRICS group of prominent emerging economies was established in 2010, when South Africa joined Brazil, Russia, India and China in what was previously known as the BRIC nations. The BRICS countries make up about 40 percent of the world’s population and a combined economy of about $16 trillion.

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