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russian TV channels are trying to circumvent EU sanctions – Herasymyuk

16.06.2022, 12:38
Photo: Ukrinform
Photo: Ukrinform

russian TV channels, which are kremlin propaganda mouthpieces, are trying to circumvent European Union sanctions, but unsuccessfully.

This was stated by the head of the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting Olha Herasymyuk in her interview with Ukrinform.

"russian channels have tried and are trying to circumvent the sanctions in any way they can. But the propagandists will not be able to get away with this, because the restrictions apply to all channels that had been added to the sanctions list way back in March. For example, Russia Today's channels. These are RT English, and RT UK, and RT Germany, RT France, RT Spanish. Their activities have been blocked as well," she said.

According to Herasymyuk, the restrictions of the sixth package of EU sanctions also apply to representatives of russian and Belarusian media businesses. In particular, head of Roskomnadzor Andrei Lipov, RIA Novosti propagandists Petr Akopov and Timofei Sergeytsev, Victoria Nikiforova, chairwoman of the National Media Group board of directors Alina Kabayeva, Yandex co-founder Arkadiy Volozh.

"The list of Belarusian media outlets is also substantial: Andriy Sych, co-host of the Platform show on the state TV channel Belarus 1; Igor Tur from Belarusian state TV channel 'ONT;' Lyudmila Gladka, correspondent of the 'Belarus Today' newspaper and Belarus 1 host; Grigoriy Azaryonok from Belarusian state TV channel STV," added Herasymyuk.

She also said that russian TV channels which have not come under EU sanctions yet have no future. According to Herasymyuk, back in April, the NCTRB appealed to the National Security and Defense Council and the Security Service of Ukraine to assist in including not only the already mentioned russian channels, but also NTV, NTV Mir, REN TV, STS, and TRC "Peterburg" to the EU sanctions list.

"Earlier in March, we asked European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell to expand the list of russian channels banned in the EU," she said.

As IMI reported, in early June, the EU officially announced the introduction of the sixth package of sanctions against russia, which provides for a ban on the broadcasting of three russian TV channels: "Rossiya 24," "Rossiya RTR," and TVC.

on March 2, the EU urgently stopped the broadcasting of russian state media Sputnik and RT / Russia Today in the European Union.

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