The information portal Baltnews.lv, which belongs to the International Information Agency ‘Russia today,’ was blocked in Latvia, as Russian media reported.
According to the conclusion of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, this website “threatens the territorial integrity of Ukraine, undermines its independence and sovereignty,” and therefore, the portal’s activity is subject to sanctions of the European Union.
It is noted that journalists of the information portal are subjected to criminal liability.
Earlier, in April 2016, Latvia closed Sputnik Latvia portal in .lv domain zone on the recommendation of its Foreign Ministry. The decision was justified by the fact that the head of MIA ‘Russia today,’ and the founder of Sputnik, Dmitry Kyselyov is sanctioned by the European Union in connection with Russia's occupation of territories of Ukraine. However, the Sputnik Latvia portal continued to work in .com domain zone.
Russian Foreign Ministry reacted to the decision of Riga.
"In this step, we see Riga’s intention to remove independent media from information space,” Russian media commented statement of the ministry.
As it was reported earlier, representatives of the Russian media were not allowed to enter the polling station at the Ukrainian Embassy in Minsk, Belarus. They shot the election process only from behind the fence of the embassy. Particularly, the correspondents of TASS, RIA-News agencies, REN-TV, and NTV Channels shot only outside and interviewed the citizens of Ukraine.