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 Rada Speaker proposes anti-Russian sanctions strengthening, revisiting visa regime introduction issue

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andrii Parubii proposed to raise the issue of visa regime introduction with the Russian Federation and expanding the sanctions against this country.

He stated at a meeting of the parliament's coordination board, Censor.NET reports citing 112 Ukraine TV channel.

The speaker noted that Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko was detained in Russia on charges of espionage on Friday, Sept. 30.

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"If Putin's regime was earlier destroying Russia's freedom of speech and persecuting Russian journalists, the foreign journalists are also under threat there now. I call on the free world and international organizations to condemn persecution of the journalist, the citizen of Ukraine," Parubii said.

He proposed the lawmakers to revisit the issue of introduction of visas between Ukraine and Russia, as well as expansion of sanctions.

"It may also make sense for us to revert to the matter of a visa regime introduction with the Russian Federation and discuss the issue of expanding sanctions against Russia," the official suggested.

Read more: Ukraine may consider introduction of visas for Russians, - Foreign Minister Klimkin

Earlier, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin stated that the diplomatic relations between Ukraine and the Russian Federation were completely undermined, so there was no need in a Russian ambassador to Ukraine.

A recent poll by Razumkov Center showed 24.8 percent of Ukrainians supported severance of diplomatic relations with Russia while 55 percent were against it.
 
 
 
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