Aleksei Pivovarov, editor-in-chief of the international Russian-language television channel RTVi, was denied on the border crossing at the Kyiv airport (Zhulyany) due to the fact that he could not prove the purpose of his stay in Ukraine. Interfax-Ukraine reports that quoting speaker of the State Border Service of Ukraine Andriy Demchenko.
“He flew to Zhulyany from Minsk. I can say one thing: the decision to pass or not pass through the state border is made solely by the border inspector, who acts according to the rules of the law on crossing the state border, and that includes citizens of foreign states. At the time of crossing the state border, the person was unable to prove the purpose of his stay in Ukraine to the inspector, and because of that, he was denied entry to Ukraine," Demchenko said.
He stressed that this decision does not mean a ban on entering Ukraine in the future.
Pivovarov himself also confirmed the denial to enter Ukraine.
“I’ve been to Ukraine for several years and apparently it's not my fate. I flew to Kyiv a couple of hours ago, but they didn’t let me into the country,” Pivovarov wrote on his Facebook page.
As we reported, State Border Service officials did not let three Russian propagandists into Ukraine. Some of them came there to give lectures and trainings.