Russia bars entry to 32 New Zealanders in sanctions response

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People walk at a bridge over Moskva river with a Foreign Ministry building in the background in central Moscow

(Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry on Saturday announced sanctions against 32 officials and journalists from New Zealand for supporting what it called the country's "Russophobic agenda."

The list includes Shane Arndell, deputy chief of the naval forces, and Wellington mayor Andy Foster, among other officials.

The sanctions bar the targeted individuals from entering Russia indefinitely, the ministry said.

"Taking into account that Wellington does not intend to abandon its anti-Russian course and continues to produce new restrictions (against Moscow), work on updating the 'black list' will continue," the ministry added.

(Reporting by Reuters, Editing by William Maclean)

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