01:18 GMT25 February 2020
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    MOSCOW/RIGA (Sputnik) - Latvian authorities have banned Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency's Baltnews.lv website, claiming that it threatens Ukraine's sovereignty.

    According to a Sputnik correspondent in Riga, the website is currently not available in Latvia.

    According to a notification by the national domain registrar, seen by Sputnik, the Latvian Foreign Ministry has ruled that Baltnews.lv violates a European Union decision, issued on 17 March 2014, regarding sanctions "in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine”.

    In its letter to Baltnews.lv administrator, the University of Latvia's Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, which functions as the national domain registrar, said that the Latvian Foreign Ministry had ruled that registering the website’s domain was a violation of the provisions of the EU regulation. According to the letter, individuals responsible for this violation may face criminal charges.

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