May 25, 2022 - News

Majority of Colorado congressional delegation banned from Russia

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Most of Colorado's congressional delegation has been permanently banned from traveling to Russia, per a list published by the country's Foreign Ministry.

Details: The list — banning 963 American business leaders, activists, diplomats and policymakers from entering the country — was crafted as retribution against the U.S. for issuing sanctions in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Axios' Jacob Knutson writes.

How it works: Russian President Vladimir Putin's travel restrictions appear to apply to a hodgepodge of people sitting on both sides of the aisle and from a variety of backgrounds.

On the list: The travel ban includes: U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D) and U.S. Reps. Lauren Boebert (R), Ken Buck (R), Jason Crow (D), Diana DeGette (D), Doug Lamborn (R), Joe Neguse (D) and Ed Perlmutter (D).

The intrigue: U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper (D) is the only Colorado Congress member excluded.

The big picture: The Russian Foreign Ministry's ban is a "largely symbolic move," the Washington Post reports.

What they're saying: "We emphasize that the hostile actions taken by Washington, which boomerang against the United States itself, will continue to receive a proper rebuff," the Ministry said in a statement.

  • "Russian counter-sanctions are forced and aimed at forcing the ruling American regime, which is trying to impose a neo-colonial 'rules-based world order' on the rest of the world, to change its behavior, recognizing new geopolitical realities."

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to include Rep. Jason Crow on the list of Colorado Congress members included in Russia's travel ban.


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