Lavrov criticizes Ukraine for denying entry to Russian journalists

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized the Ukrainian authorities for denying entry to Russian journalists and accused the West of not reacting to these actions.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized the Ukrainian authorities for denying entry to Russian journalists and accused the West of not reacting to these actions.

"The Vienna convention on diplomatic relations allows every country that has signed it to deny entry to any citizen of a third country without giving any reasons. However, what is now happening in Ukraine, of course, shows that the situation is becoming absolutely abnormal," Lavrov told a press conference following a meeting with his Sudanese counterpart Ali Karti.

"Double standards are evident here. Utter hypocrisy is also evident, but we should get used to it," he said.

The minister said the Russian Foreign Ministry has raised this issue with the UN and the OSCE, "bearing in mind that this organization has an institution of a special representative on the freedom of the media."

"This representative has already made some statements on the matter, but no results are to be seen and we continue to run into such problems" Lavrov said.

Lavrov also said the Western partners are not reacting to these incidents in any way.

"The Western countries are silent. Everything the Kiev administration is doing, like it once happened with Mr. Saakashvili, is being taken as normal. Everyone who is trying to object to the lawlessness perpetrated by these authorities are regarded as people undermining democratic processes in Ukraine," Lavrov said.

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