VIENNA, April 11. /TASS/. Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) has lifted the entry ban earlier imposed on Wehrschütz, head of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ORF) office in Kiev, the Austria Press Agency said on Thursday.
"We inform you that the entry ban against the above-mentioned person [Christian Wehrsch·tz] has been lifted," the agency said citing SBU Spokeswoman Elena Gitlyanskaya.
According to her, new information that there were no reasons for the entry ban resulted in the step. The Ukrainian State Border Guard Service was notified that the journalist could visit Ukraine again.
"The decision was not quite unexpected," Christian Wehrsch·tz said.
On March 7, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry notified the Austrian embassy in Kiev that the SBU had barred Wehrschütz from entering Ukraine for one year. Kiev accused the journalist of crossing illegally the state border, of justifying Crimea’s reunification with Russia and of anti-Ukraine propaganda. In response, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl accused Ukraine of censorship and, lambasting Kiev’s steps, urged it to lift the entry ban.
In late March, Wehrsch·tz said that his lawyers lodged a lawsuit with Kiev’s district court against the SBU ban. The journalist said the public hearing would prove that he had not broken any of Ukrainian laws and was affected while doing his journalistic work. His lawyers pointed out that they were open to having the issue solved at a diplomatic level and that the lawsuit would be revoked in case of a positive outcome.