There are two reasons for this post.
Firstly; to recommend to anyone who doesn’t yet know about it the excellent current affairs discussion programme CrossTalk on RT.
The Foreign Office is in a flap because the Russian travel ban list has emerged into the public domain. Apparently Russia gave a copy of the list to a visiting EU delegation. The Foreign Office is saying:
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,” said a spokeswoman for the Foreign Office in London.
If Russia’s intention is to put pressure on the EU to ease sanctions then this is not the way to do it. The onus is on Russia to fully implement the Minsk (ceasefire) agreement.
The EU and member states are urgently seeking more transparency from the Russian authorities for this move. 
This is not a statement. It is propaganda.
No justification? – The British government is an enthusiastic party to a campaign conducted by the US whose stated aim is to wipe out the Russian economy.  It would be surprising perhaps if after that Russia welcomed all UK officials to its territory.
“The onus is on Russia to fully implement the