9 Nov 2017 18:17

Moscow may take retaliatory organizational measures in relation to Ukrainian journalists - senator Pushkov

MOSCOW. Nov 9 (Interfax) - Moscow could warn Kyiv about the possible countermeasures in relation to a number of Ukrainian media outlets in response to the obstacles facing Russian journalists working in Ukraine, Russian Federation Council Information Policy Commission head Alexei Pushkov said.

"While Ukrainian media operate and release exceptionally negative reports here, and there is no talk about impartiality, perhaps we should issue certain warnings that we would consider some organizational measures - not censorship but specifically organizational ones," Pushkov said at a commission meeting on Thursday.

Several Russian journalists "have been detained, deported and stopped" in Ukraine, he said.

"I believe this is a problem, and we should attach significance to it. Our hospitability and openness to operation with Ukrainian media, which we see at press conferences, doesn't evoke a reciprocal response," he said.

The problem needs to be addressed by international institutions, Pushkov said. "This practice is continuing. I believe we should engage the international dimension," he said.

In particular, Russia should appeal to the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, the OSCE, and its Parliamentary Assembly, Pushkov said. "Ukraine's position is very vulnerable here," he said.