Foreign Ministry reacted to sanctions against the Ukrainian “Yandex” and “Vkontakte”

The Ukrainian authorities “leaps and bounds moving to build an authoritarian state,” which severely limited freedom of speech and unfettered access to information. The corresponding statement of the MFA of Russia on new sanctions Kiev against the Russian-speaking Internet published on Tuesday, may 16, at the Agency’s website.

“Disregard of the Ukrainian authorities to any international standards of law and morality, its obligations in the sphere of protection of rights and freedoms has become commonplace,” — said in the Ministry.

There is also doubt that such actions comply with the European principles and an understanding of the foundations of civil society. “It will be interesting to watch the reaction of our Western partners, is constantly concerned with the problems of democracy and information security, in such a blatant and brazen violation of Kiev accepted international norms and obligations”, — concluded the Minister.

Earlier on Tuesday, the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the Ukrainian sanctions, recalled the principle of reciprocity. However, he clarified that he does not know what countermeasures will be taken. According to him, due to the fact that Ukraine “is not so much of a certain powerful information resources and using space in the Russian popular media”.

16 may, Ukraine adopted a new package of sanctions. Within the constraints imposed on Mail.Ru Group, came under the ban of the social network of “Vkontakte” and “Classmates”. In addition, block all services of “Yandex”, as well as limit broadcasting and block the assets of television “TV Center”, RBC, RTR, “Star”, “NTV-Plus” TNT, OTR and REN TV.