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KIEV, February 2 /TASS/. Ukraine’s Security Service said on Monday that it had liquidated an information center set up under a Russian Public Diplomacy Fund named after a prominent Russian diplomat, Alexander Gorchakov.
The information center that has been operating in Kiev on the basis of the Institute of International Relations of Ukraine’s National Aviation Institute since 2013 is being accused of waging an anti-state propaganda in Ukraine, Markiyan Lubkovsky, the SBU chief’s adviser, told a briefing on Monday.
In response to Lubkovsky’s remarks, the Alexander Gorchakov Fund whose aim is to promote and support public diplomacy said that the information center had been created for holding roundtable meetings, discussions and debates to maintain friendly ties among students, scientists and expert communities in Russia and Ukraine.
"If this kind of activity is posing such a serious threat to Ukraine’s security, then all the other serious threats must have been successfully liquidated," the Fund said in a statement received at TASS.
"To a certain degree, the Fund has been flattened by Ukraine Security Service’s attention. However, it immediately comes to mind that this organization used to display its counter-intelligence professionalism in the past when instead of catching agents sitting on the fourth floor of its own building it focused on struggle against Russian culture, radio and television. Now, as it has been announced in Kiev, it has thwarted the activities of Russian public diplomacy," the statement said.
Ukraine’s Security Service /SBU/ has also pledged to tighten measures to ban entry to Russian journalists who, it claims, have been waging an ‘information war’ against Ukraine.
"We are going to act toughly and out of principle against anybody who will bring lies pouring dirt on us and will wage an information war against Ukraine," Lubkovsky told journalists at the same briefing on Monday.
He added that Ukraine’s Security Service would increase border filtration measures together with the State Border Service of Ukraine so as to prevent such journalists from working in the territory of Ukraine and carrying out an information aggression.
Lubkovsky said that one such journalist - a correspondent of the Russian TV channel LifeNews - had recently been expelled from Ukraine.
"We are going to scrutinize anybody coming from Russia. This is a forced measure but we are going to be very tough," Lubkovsky told journalists assuring everybody that the SBU was not waging a war against the media.
A draft resolution was submitted to the Ukraine parliament last week on suspending the accreditation of journalists working for Russian media outlets at Ukraine’s bodies of state power.