Blocking Russian web sites in Ukraine is the matter of public and national security – not that of freedom of speech. NATO press service reported that as quoted by TASS; the Alliance commented on yesterday’s sanctions against Russian web sources implemented by the Ukrainian government.
‘The Ukrainian has clearly pointed out this decision is a matter of security, not freedom of speech. NATO has been working with Ukraine in terms of implementing reforms, freedom of speech, strengthening democracy, supremacy of law, and human rights protection. Thus, freedom of speech is part of this dialogue. We believe Ukraine remains committed to its international responsibilities and the system of checks and balances in this country,’ the Alliance said.
On May 16, 2017, President Petro Poroshenko signed the decree banning major Russian web portals and social networks in Ukraine; Yandex.ru, Vk.com, Odnoklassniki.ru users in Ukraine will lose their accounts and will have no access to the respective websites.