“Slander at home, spit, insult your country and its officials. I wouldn’t let these people leave the country. Russophobes that insult our way of life, they travel: they are welcome in America, they are welcome in Europe. I would limit their traveling from Russia. Not banned, but restricted, and it would be right. Fight against difficulties here, at home, in your Motherland. You have outlets – you have access to radio and television stations, and the media,”- said Kobzon.
According to the deputy, Russophobes prefer going abroad to “get paid, drink whiskey and spit in the direction of Russia.”
At the same time, Kobzon speaks against a retaliatory ban on entering Russia for foreign artists. “If that happens, it will operate on the principle “you’re a fool – not you are”,” – explained the singer.
On February 16, the EU expanded the blacklist of Russians that are subject to current sanctions. Five more Russians were included: Deputy Ministers of Defense of Russia Anatoly Antonov and Arkady Bakhin, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Andrey Kartapolov, singer Iosif Kobzon and State Duma deputy from the Russian Communist Party Valery Rashkin.
14 residents of eastern Ukraine were also included on the list, including the deputy commander of the DPR militia Eduard Basurin, as well as nine militia organizations.