Sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s godfather Viktor Medvedchuk and his TV channels have been made possible by pressure from the United States.
This was stated by MEP Viola von Cramon-Taubadel during an online discussion of the Kyiv Security Forum.
“From day one, the Biden administration has made it clear that there will be a different line, a different form of cooperation, but a tougher rhetoric,” she said, adding that the former US administration did not have enough will to form an alliance against the Kremlin.
“And believe me, closing three TV channels was not Zelensky’s idea. This was mainly the result of pressure from Washington. I can only welcome this decision, because it is ripe and overripe, ”said Viola von Cramon-Taubadel.
She also stressed that Ukraine should receive more support from the West to counter Russian aggression.
“There must be more means of brutality. Probably a direct offer of NATO membership. But, on the other hand, it is necessary to involve Ukraine more actively in our soft power strategies, ”the MEP said.
“For example, to make sure that the European Union, not Russia, China or a black market supplier, is the first to provide a vaccine for Ukraine. And at the same time as the member states will receive it. So far this has not happened and, of course, it is easy for the Kremlin to tell Ukraine: where are your Western allies, where is Washington, where is Brussels now, when you need their help so much? ”Said Viola von Cramon-Taubadel.
Kyiv Security Forum – the main international forum of Ukraine on the problems of war and peace, Ukrainian and global security, founded by the Arseniy Yatsenyuk Foundation “Discover Ukraine” in 2007.
As you know, on February 2, Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on imposing sanctions against the People’s Deputy from OPZZh and Viktor Medvedchuk’s associate Taras Kozak and the TV channels controlled by him – 112-Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK – “New Format”, “Ariadna TV”, “TV Choice” ”,“ Partner TV ”and“ Leader TV ”,“ TV-RADIO COMPANY 112-TV ”,“ NEWS 24 HOURS ”,“ New Communications ”.
Earlier, Britain and Canada supported the application of sanctions by the Ukrainian authorities against MP Taras Kozak and three TV channels.
The Minister of Culture of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko called the TV channels against which sanctions were imposed a foreign propaganda machine.
Lithuania and Estonia have supported sanctions against pro-Russian TV channels in Ukraine. The OSCE has a separate opinion
The decision to close the TV channels was made in 2018 under Poroshenko by the Verkhovna Rada Resolution on Sanctions. Among the authors were Igor Lapin, Sergei Vysotsky, Tatiana Chornovil and others. On October 4, 2018, 229 deputies voted on the Resolution “On Approval of Proposals for the Application of Personal Special Economic and Other Restrictive Measures (Sanctions)”.
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