May 24, 2018 / 2:21 PM / a year ago

Russia accuses Ukraine of 'censorship' after sanctions on RIA news agency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine’s decision to include a Russian state news agency in its sanctions list amounts to “political censorship”, the agency, RIA, quoted Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying on Thursday.

Kiev has added Russian state news agency RIA Novosti to its sanctions list, the website of the Ukrainian president said earlier on Thursday.

On May 15 Ukrainian state security agents searched RIA Novosti’s Kiev office and detained its director, accusing the agency of being used in an “information war” by Russia against Ukraine.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Gareth Jones

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