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Ireland’s premier Micheal Martin has cast doubt on whether there is a list of Irish officials who are banned by Russia, calling the announcement “classic Russian propaganda”.The Kremlin said on Wednesday that 52 “key representatives” from Ireland had been placed on a sanction list for expressing what it claimed was Russophobic sentiment.Six senior politicians were named – including Taoiseach Mr Martin, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney – but the Kremlin claimed there were 46 others.Asked if he knew was on the full list, Mr Martin said: “I’m not sure there’s a list of 52 out there. I haven’t got a readout from the meeting.”There may not be a list of 52 drawn up. They’re saying there’s a list of 52, we haven’t seen that.”But the key point is the nature of the action by the Russian Federation in sanctioning the Taoiseach of Ireland, and the Tanaiste and other ministers, it’s classic misinformation.”I think it’s designed to try to undermine Ireland’s bona fides and the stance we’ve taken in relation to the war, the stance we’ve taken at European Union level, at the United Nations – where we haven’t pulled our punches in relation to the illegality and the immorality of this war – and that’s not to Russia’s liking.”

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