The University of Latvia’s Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science has blocked access to Baltnews.lv – a web portal of Russian propagandist media holding Russia Today (“Rossiya Segodnya”) – after receiving the Foreign Ministry’s notification about the European Union’s sanction rules.
The Ministry of foreign affairs of the Republic of Latvia explained that the site “jeopardizes the territorial integrity of Ukraine as well as undermines the country’s independence and sovereignty”. It also stressed that the Russian Internet resource violated the European Council Regulation № 269/2014 on sanctions against Russia over the annexation of Crimea and armed intervention in eastern Ukraine, released on March 17, 2014.
As expected, Russia accused Latvian authorities of “inspirations to clear the information space from independent media”. Russian diplomats underlined they expect that “dedicated entities and non-governmental organizations, especially the OSCE, will condemn such decision”.
The head of Russia Today has been described by the EU as “one of the central figures of government propaganda supporting the deployment of Russian troops to Ukraine”.