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KIEV, February 6. /TASS/. Ukraine is not ready to stop purchasing Russian media products, head of the Verkhovna Rada’s committee for freedom of expression and information policy Viktoria Syumar said on Saturday.
"I do not think we will be able to come over to a complete refusal as we are very closely linked," Syumar, a member of parliament from the People’s Front party, said aired by the 112 channel.
The committee is considering a bill on quotas in Ukrainian broadcasting and it has been suggested to provide 30% to Russian programs "if these do not violate Ukraine’s law in the context of popularization of Russia’s bodies of power and so on and so forth," she said.
Earlier, some Ukrainian culture personalities had asked the president to ban Russia’s video-and audio-products on Ukrainian television.
On December 24 Ukraine’s Culture Ministry published an extended blacklist with the names of 83 Russian actors, filmmakers, singers and other culture figures, who pose a threat to Ukraine’s national security.
The list includes French and Hollywood movie stars Gerard Depardieu and Steven Seagal, titled US-born boxer Roy Jones Jr., who was granted the Russian citizenship, Fred Durst, best known as founder and front man of the Limp Bizkit band, Russian Oscar-winning filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov, and some Russian pop singers.