Gee, I Wonder Why That Is?

From The Washington Post:

Russia has permanently banned 963 Americans, including President Biden and Vice President Harris, from entering the country in response to the United States’ support for Ukraine and historic sanctions facing Moscow nearly three months into the invasion.

On Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry published the list of those banned from entering Russia — a wide-ranging collection of Biden administration members, Trump Republicans, public officials, activists and regular U.S. citizens.

The Russian Foreign Ministry’s list of 963 Americans appears to include many members of Congress, including Republicans such as Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) and Matt Gaetz (Fla.) and Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) and Ted Cruz (Tex.). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) are on the list, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is not.

One prominent name missing from the list: former president Donald Trump. While few officials from the Trump administration made the list, former secretary of state Mike Pompeo was among those banned by Russia.

Russia claims the list was published in response to “the hostile actions taken by Washington” against Russia.

“Russia does not seek confrontation and is open to honest, mutually respectful dialogue, separating the American people, who are always respected by us, from the U.S. authorities, who incite Russophobia, and those who serve them,” the Foreign Ministry said. “It is these people who are included in the Russian ‘black list.’ ”

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