Russian ‘no fly’ list ‘misleading’
Russia is to set up a new list of countries it considers dangerous and has banned for political reasons.
The list will be made public in coming weeks, the Foreign Ministry said, in a response to a parliamentary report.
It will be based on “an extensive set of information on threats posed by specific foreign countries, including by state-sponsored groups, armed groups and terrorist groups”, the ministry said.
The list is designed to monitor and “prevent potential incursions into Russia by foreign countries”.
It will also be used “to determine the political and military objectives of foreign states and the actions of their agents in the Russian Federation”, it said.
The ministry also said that a separate list will soon be set up to assess the activities of foreign organisations, including Russian companies and foundations.
The Russian Foreign Ministry did not say when the new list will go into effect, but warned that it is being prepared in case of emergencies.
It comes a week after Russia warned that its “no fly” list could be expanded in the wake of the death of Alexander Litvinenko, a former MI6 agent and former spy.
Mr Litvinen, who was poisoned in London in 2006, was murdered in 2006 in a London flat by a Russian spy who was working for MI6.
Mr Putin has repeatedly said Russia’s security services are ready to use “all means” to prevent “threats” from “imminent” and has called on the international community to help prevent a potential threat from a “criminal group”.
Mr Litvenenko’s widow, Marina, said her husband’s killing “has devastated our family” and that the “only thing we know for sure is that we are now no longer safe”.