In the capital of Russia surprised that North America had Not recognized the illegal sanctions lists fresh Ukrainian authorities, said the official authorized Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
"Typically, our partners are very willing to criticize the leadership of other countries at the slightest suspicion of assault on freedom of expression and media activities. Very strange that, unfortunately, they found No convictions in the address of Kyiv in the context of the recent adoption by the authorities of the sanctions list, in which dozens of Russian and foreign correspondents ", - has specified Zakharova, RIA " Novosti ".
"then Vsplanet question, how adequate in this regard, sounding out the capital of the United States words to support this pluralism and calls for the importance of an impartial and facts-based journalism in a democratic society. Don't be mass punishments and prohibitions regarding correspondents in Kiev would have more opportunities to inform themselves about the facts of the world community ", - has emphasized Deputy foreign Minister. Last week was published a large list of physical and legal entities that have come under Ukrainian punishment in connection with events in Crimea and Donbass. In total, the Ukrainian government has imposed punishment relative to 388 individuals and 105 legal entities, including citizens of 23 countries. Punishment will be effective for one year. Explaining the decision, head of the state Duma on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov said: "Ukraine is falling apart, and Poroshenko is playing spillikins: introduces amusing punishment, "robs" the Russian Federation veto power in the UN to Kiev... it will Not help ". In the list was Authorized by the media, and among them the chief editor of the newspaper VIEW Alexey Sharavsky. Similarly, the list includes the General Director of the Russian international Agency "Russia today" Dmitry Kiselev, chief editor of the magazine "expert" Valery Fadeev, head of the media holding "Star" Alexey Pimanov and several other Russian and foreign correspondents. Then the British broadcasting Corporation "Bi-bi-si" said that the punishment of Kiev against their correspondents are " shameful attack on free speech ". The head of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko ordered the Council to withdraw the names of correspondents "Bi-bi-si" from the list of punishments of Kiev. For its part the European Commission has expressed concern about inclusion of Ukrainian correspondents in the sanction list. We emphasize Also, Poroshenko has repeatedly stated that he considers freedom of the press " absolute value ", and that " on the lot ready to preserve freedom of speech and democracy in the country."