Australia rejects call to ban Russian tourists of Ukraine invasion

Australia rejects calls from Ukraine to BAN Russian tourists ‘who all hate Australia’ because ordinary people shouldn’t be punished for Putin’s barbarity

  • Acting Prime Minister Richard Marles said Russia, not its people, should suffer
  • Ukraine ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko said that Russians ‘hate Australia’
  • Four European countries have banned Russians from holidaying in their nations

Australia has quickly rejected a call from Ukraine to ban Russian tourists to hit back at Vladimir Putin‘s invasion invasion.

Ukrainian ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko also said Australia should reopen its embassy in Kyiv and claimed Russians ‘hate Australia’.

Four eastern European countries – Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – have already banned Russians from taking holidays in their nations.

‘Russian people are accountable for this war… So they have to bear the responsibility,’ Mr Myroshnychenko said.

Australia has rejected a Ukrainian call to ban Russians from taking holidays in Australia. Pictured is a plane of the Russian national carrier Aeroflot

Australia has rejected a Ukrainian call to ban Russians from taking holidays in Australia. Pictured is a plane of the Russian national carrier Aeroflot

But acting Prime Minister Richard Marles, filling in while Anthony Albanese is in the UK for The Queen’s funeral, said it should be the Russian Government, not its people, that was punished.

‘This is not something we are considering at the moment, but we are very much a part of the global base of sanctions against the Russian regime,’ he said.

Ambassador Myroshnychenko claimed the vast majority of Russian people supported the invasion and they hated Australia for its democratic values.

‘If you analyse what Russia is saying here in Australia – and I’m following several Russian-speaking groups… they just hate Australia,’ he said.

‘They think you are just a pawn… of Washington… I just don’t think (Russian tourists) should be visiting.’

Mr Marles said Australia was committed to supporting Ukraine, which was invaded by Russia almost seven months ago, in the ‘protracted conflict’.

Forty Australian-built Bushmaster military vehicles have already been sent to Ukraine’s battlefields, with another 20 set to follow.

‘Our objective is to empower Ukraine itself to be able to be at the centre of however this is resolved. This needs to be resolved on their terms,’ Mr Marles said.

Australia has said that Vladimir Putin and the Russian state should face punishment over the invasion of Ukraine, not ordinary Russians

Australia has said that Vladimir Putin and the Russian state should face punishment over the invasion of Ukraine, not ordinary Russians

At a meeting in the central Asian state of Uzbekistan, Mr Putin was told by Chinese premier Xi Jinping that he was concerns over the war, after Ukraine retook 8,000sqkm of territory.

Mr Marles said though there was a ‘degree of humiliation’ for Russia about how the invasion was going, this would not hamper China’s territorial ambitions.

‘I see them meeting in Uzbekistan as another step in a growing relationship, to be honest, between Russia and China,’ he said.

‘That is part of the landscape of strategic circumstances that we have to face.’ 

Mr Marles added that ‘China will be watching this, as I guess we all are’.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Richard Marles (pictured) has rejected a call from Ukraine to ban Russian tourists from holidaying in Australia

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Richard Marles (pictured) has rejected a call from Ukraine to ban Russian tourists from holidaying in Australia

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