NICOLA Sturgeon has been banned from ever entering Russia as the Kremlin retaliates over UK sanctions.

The First Minister joins a catalogue of UK officials barred from entering the rogue state with Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak also named on the list.

US President Joe Biden was hit with a similar measure from the Kremlin last month.

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In a statement, Russia’s foreign ministry said: “London’s unbridled information and political campaign aimed at isolating Russia internationally, creating conditions for containing our country and strangling the domestic economy” were responsible for its decision.

It added: “In essence, the British leadership is deliberately aggravating the situation around Ukraine, pumping the Kyiv regime with lethal weapons and coordinating similar efforts on the part of Nato.”

The full list of UK officials to be barred from Russia is:

  • First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson
  • Chancellor Rishi Sunak
  • Home Secretary Priti Patel
  • Culture Minister Nadine Dorries
  • Foreign Secretary Liz Truss
  • Defence Secretary Ben Wallace
  • Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab
  • Transport Secretary Grant Shapps
  • Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng
  • Armed Forces Minister James Heappey
  • Attorney General Suella Braverman
  • Former prime minister Theresa May

The Scottish Government has been contacted for comment.