The European Union acknowledged the ban by the Ukrainian authorities of a number of Russian websites and social networks in the country a matter of national security. This was stated by the EU delegation in Kiev in response to the request EuroPride.
“We know about the decision of the Council of national security and defense of Ukraine to block a number of Russian online services, including popular social media platform in Ukraine, in the framework of the restrictive measures taken by Ukraine”, – said the head of the press service of the Ministry Jurgis, Vilcinskas.
The European official said that the EU “has heard the public statements of the Ukrainian authorities that the decision was based on the interests of the national information security, and that in recent months Ukraine has become the subject of numerous cyber attacks and disinformation campaigns”.
“We recognize that protecting national security is the prerogative of the Ukrainian government,” said an EU diplomat.
Vilcinskas noted, however, that these arguments are “insufficient” and that the EU expects detailed explanations from the government of Ukraine, “including with regard to the temporary nature of the sanctions.”
“We expect that the government should ensure that restrictive measures taken for reasons of national security, have no negative impact on the fundamental right to freedom of expression”, – he stressed.
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