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.

See also: Klimkin explained in the Council of Europe the reasons for the ban of sites of the Russian Federation

May 15, 2017, Poroshenko signed a decree on sanctions against 467 1228 legal and natural persons. The list includes the services of Yandex, the social network Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki. The decree entered into force on 17 may.

The Internet Association of Ukraine has declared “the establishment of political censorship”, reporters without borders see this as “an attack on freedom of expression and information”. NATO reported that the decision to block websites the state of the occupant of the Russian Federation lies in the plane of national security, not freedom of speech and access to information, “as stated by the Ukrainian authorities”. Its official position the US state Department has voiced.

See also: How Russia was removed with the first button. From the history of media victories

The EU has recognized the ban on Russian sites a matter of national security 19.05.2017

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