Paula Slier, the citizen of the UK and correspondent of propaganda channel Russia Today was not allowed to enter Ukraine. Spokesperson of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Oleg Slobodyan claimed this as Hromadske reported.
According to him, on June 26, correspondent of Russia Today arrived to Boryspil Airport from Vienna. She claimed she has to participate in the OSCE conference on the mass media freedom in Kyiv.
As Slobodyan noted, Slier will be sent to Vienna as she is banned from the entry to Ukraine for five years.
He explained that the decision on the ban of the journalist was made by “one of the law enforcement bodies” as she constitutes a threat to the security of Ukraine.
Slobodyan noted that he cannot specify the body that made such decision.
Slier reported on Twitter that she aimed to Kyiv for the OSCE conference on the mass media freedom but now she has to wait for the flight and return to Austria.
Earlier Russian journalist Yevhen Primakov was also banned from the entry to Ukraine.
Harlem Desir, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media expressed regret due to the banning of Slier and Primakov as Interfax-Ukraine reported.
“I emphasize one more time that all OSCE countries-members should provide the free movement of a journalist over the region,” he said.
As we reported the border guards of Ukraine did not allow two Russian actors who earlier illegally crossed the state border of Ukraine through the closed checkpoints of occupied Crimea to enter the country on June 20.