Comments and statements by Foreign Ministry Spokesman

15 August 201715:56

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the detention and deportation from Ukraine of VGTRK correspondent Tamara Nersesyan

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Kiev continues hindering the activities of the media and is methodically adding more names to the blacklist of foreign journalists banned from Ukraine.

On August 14, Ukraine’s Security Service (USS) employees detained VGTRK correspondent Tamara Nersesyan, who was brought to the Russian-Ukrainian border after hours of interrogation late at night and forced to leave the country on foot.

This was done in accordance with the USS decision that qualified the reports of the Russian journalist as “a threat to Ukraine’s security and territorial integrity.”

Indicatively, this is not the first case when journalists are deported under this pretext. In July the USS deported journalist of Russia-1 and Russia-24 TV channels Maria Knyazeva.

We are outraged by this crude violation of the Russian journalists’ rights and demand that Kiev strictly observe its international commitments on the freedom and security of media professionals.

We are urging OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Desir to take note of the Ukrainian authorities’ policy towards journalists and give a principled assessment of their actions.




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