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    Ukrainian Gov't Bans RIA Novosti Journalists From Cabinet Sessions

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    Ukrainian government denied RIA Novosti journalists accreditation to provide coverage of the cabinet sessions under the parliament ruling, the government's spokeswoman Irina Konopatko said.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — She added that the ban only applied to the cabinet meetings while separate government can decide for themselves.

    "There is a letter with the list of media outlets. You have a Russian brand and the Russian brands except for Interfax-Ukraine, since it is registered in Ukraine, and RBC-Ukraine, sadly cannot be allowed to cover sessions," Konopatko said.

    RIA Novosti was previously banned from covering the work of the parliament, office of the president, foreign ministry, defense ministry, among others.

    In March 2015, Kiev published a list of 115 Russian media, which accreditation with Ukrainian authorities has been temporarily suspended due to the fact that their work was allegedly threatening Ukrainian security.

    RIA Novosti is a part of Rossiya Segodnya international media group, whose mission is to cover world events in a prompt, balanced, and unbiased manner. Rossiya Segodnya offers alternative views on key events in Russia and elsewhere.

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