MOSCOW, February 3. /TASS/. The Kremlin condemns the Ukrainian authorities’ move to ban TV channels and believes that international organizations should pay attention to that fact, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.
"We can only condemn the Ukrainian authorities’ actions in this case," Peskov pointed out. According to him, "restrictions and bans on TV channels run counter to international rules and the general perception of freedom of the media."
"The government’s decision to limit the activities of media outlets is a thing that organizations such as the OSCE [the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe] should pay attention to," the Kremlin spokesman added.
On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky authorized the National Security and Defense Council’s five-year sanctions on the country’s 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels, as well as on their owner Taras Kozak, a lawmaker representing the Opposition Platform - For Life party. On Tuesday night, the three TV channels went off the air and now it’s only possible to watch them on YouTube.
Peskov declined to respond when asked if Moscow planned to provide information support to the Opposition Platform - For Life party. "I don’t know what kind of support you are talking about. Russian media outlets are operating normally, covering various events, including this incident," the Kremlin spokesman said.