Ukraine can close entry to a French presidential candidate for her words about Crimea

France

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) can ban leader of the National Front French right-populist party Marine Le Pen from entering Ukraine for her statements about the “legitimacy” of the Russian annexation of Crimea.

“As for statements of any politicians from any countries, concerning the non-recognition of the occupation of our territories or the “legitimacy” of the occupation, such statements will be made of by the Security Service of Ukraine as well as by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If we see a single threat to our national security or interests, we can use a number of instruments including prohibitions on entry the territory of our country or calls of ambassadors for explanations if it is about the officials, representing their States,” said the SBU’s Chief of Staff Oleksandr Tkachuk.

He noted that Le Pen’s close ties with the Kremlin were well-known and added that the SBU would check the veracity of the French politician’s statements. The SBU will undertake the necessary consultations with the Foreign Ministry before taking decisions because this issue is directly related to the foreign policy of the State.

Earlier, on January 3, Marine Le Pen stated that the Russian annexation of Crimea “was not illegal” in an airwaves of the BFMTV French TV channel. “I absolutely do not believe that there was an illegal annexation there: there was a referendum and the people of Crimea wanted to join Russia,” said the leader of the National Front, who has plans to take part in the upcoming French presidential elections.

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