Russia may respond to travel bans imposed on its citizens by limiting foreigners’ entry into the country on the basis of reciprocity, according to a draft law.

The bill, submitted to parliament November 27, proposes to establishing a framework for the government to react if other countries alter their entry regime for Russians, according to a copy on the State Duma’s website.

The draft’s aim is to reach “balanced relations” with foreign countries, Rizvan Kurbanov, a lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party, says in the draft.

The U.S. and the European Union imposed sanctions on Russia this year over its involvement in Ukraine conflict, banning the entry of dozens of Russian officials and businessmen.

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Photo Credit: Inside Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on September 21, 2009. Dennis Jarvis /