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Austrian authorities criticize entry ban to Ukraine for Austrian journalist

Ukrainian authorities banned the reported from entering the country for his pro-Russian activities and illegal border crossings
18:38, 9 March 2019

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Vienna sharply criticizes the decision of the Ukrainian authorities to ban the Austrian TV journalist from entering Ukraine for the period of one year. It is reported by Deutsche Welle.

The Austrian authorities consider the decision of the Security Service of Ukraine "an unacceptable act of censorship in Europe."

Journalist Christian Wehrschütz denies all accusations and is going to appeal the decision as soon as he officially receives the ban on entry to Ukraine.

“I assume that the current Ukrainian leadership was looking for an excuse not to let me in because they are unhappy with critical reports about media freedom and scandals around defense procurement during the war,” said Christian Wehrschütz.

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz supported the position of the country's Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, who condemned the entry ban to the journalist.

“We condemn this step, which is completely incompatible with fundamental European values, and demand that the ban be lifted immediately,” Karin Kneissl wrote.

The Ukrainian ambassador in Vienna is to be summoned to the Austrian Foreign Ministry next week to explain everything. But the Ukrainian ambassador to Austria, Oleksandr Scherba, said that Wehrschütz “defiantly” broke the law when he and his team made reports from the Russian annexed Crimea last summer.

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Austrian journalist Christian Wehrschütz has not yet received any official documents on his banning of entry to Ukraine. He told about this to the 112 Ukraine journalist.

"Here in Ukraine I still have a residence permit until the end of June of this year. It’s generally interesting how the rule of law works in Ukraine, when on the one hand I have only the oral information (regarding the ban, - ed.), on the other hand I have a document for temporary residence, because I have an office in Kyiv, "he said.

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