Russia bans entry of dozens of British journalists, military figures

Russia says it has banned 29 media representatives and 20 defense figures of Britain from entering the country.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that the country's move was a response to British government sanctions on individuals linked to Russia's media and military.

Those barred include Director-General Tim Davie of public broadcaster BBC, editor-in-chief Katharine Viner of the Guardian newspaper and correspondents.

The Russian statement says figures on the list are involved in the deliberate dissemination of "false and one-sided information about Russia and events in Ukraine and Donbas."

The BBC responded that it "will continue to report independently and fairly."

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has criticized Moscow's latest measures. He tweeted that Russian President Vladimir "Putin's instinct is always to silence dissent and suppress those who accurately report his disastrous campaign in Ukraine."

In April, Russia announced an entry ban on British government members and politicians, including Johnson and Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.