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MOSCOW, July 19 Russia's Foreign Ministry said
on Saturday Moscow would retaliate against the United States'
most recent sanctions over Ukraine by denying entry to several
"Retaliatory measures definitely will be taken. First of
all, a similar number of Americans will be prohibited from
entering (Russia)," the ministry's spokesman Alexander
Lukashevich was quoted in a statement as saying.
Lukashevich did not give names of those who would be denied
This week U.S. President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on
some of Russia's biggest firms for the first time, as well as
four Russian government officials and prime minister of the
self-styled Donetsk People's Republic in Ukraine.
Lukashevich also said Moscow had extended a visa ban on U.S.
Representative Jim Moran following U.S. sanctions earlier this
month against Russian State Duma lower house of parliament
member, Adam Delimkhanov.
"We have repeatedly stated that it is useless to talk to us
in the language of sanctions. Such steps will not remain without
consequences. When it comes to the visa restrictions, the
reaction is usually mirrored," he said.
"As to economic restrictions they anyway have a boomerang
effect and will inevitably do harm to American business focused
on the Russian market."
The ministry also published the names of 12 Americans who
had been added to the "stop-list" in response to the sanctioning
by the United States of 12 Russians under the Magnitsky rule for
human rights violations on May 20.
The list includes the U.S. Guantanamo Bay detention camp's
commander Rear Admiral Richard Butler.
(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Elizabeth Piper and