US Department of State did not take official position on Ukraine’s ban on Russian websites

The comment spread in the media, was made by an unnamed representative of the administration

09:15, 19 May 2017

 

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US Department of State said that it did not make official comments concerning the ban of Russian social networks and electronic services in Ukraine, and the comment spread in the media, was made by an unnamed representative of the administration. This was reported by the English-speaking service of Voice of America agency.

“US State Department has not taken an official position on the matter. However a U.S. official on background told VOA that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's recent decision to cut access to several popular Russian websites, such as search engine Yandex, for three years, undermines Kyiv's constitutionally enshrined right to free expression,” the message says.

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Earlier Poroshenko told when the decision to block Russian websites would be revised. President said that Russian Federation uses social media for propaganda.

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