27.01.17 17:04

SBU lifts ban on Przemyśl Mayor Choma's entry to Ukraine, - Hitlianska

The Security Service of Ukraine has explained the removal of the country entry ban imposed on Przemyśl Mayor Robert Choma over his "persistent anti-Ukrainian activities and support for anti-Ukrainian movements."

Censor.NET reports referring to SBU spokesperson Olena Hitlianska's Facebook page.

"A decision on barring a person from entering Ukraine or lifting a ban is based on a safety combination and international factors. It is from this point that the Security Service of Ukraine studies the situation in respect of persons who are prohibited from entering our country and stays in constant contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

"The Ukrainian side has positively accepted the Przemyśl mayor's public assessment of the anti-Ukrainian marches in the city. The SBU has taken a responsible decision about lifting the ban on Ukraine entry against Robert Choma, the mayor of the Polish city of Przemyśl. We also understand that a 'third' party was actively trying to use the Przemyśl mayor's entry ban to sow discord in the Ukraine-Poland relationship. We are confident this situation will not hinder the development of bilateral relations with the fraternal Polish people," she said.

Read more: No further cooperation possible until ban on Choma's entry in Ukraine lifted, - Poland's Dziedziczak

As reported, anti-Ukrainian slogans such as "Death to Ukrainians!" were chanted during the annual March of Przemyśl and Lviv Eagles held by members of Polish patriotic and nationalist organizations and representatives of local and state authorities in Polish city of Przemyśl on Jan. 10.

Mayor of Przemyśl Robert Choma, who was one of the March's promoters and personally took part in it, said he had not heard such slogans.

On Jan. 17, 2017, Przemyśl Mayor Robert Choma, who intended to visit Lviv, was not allowed into the territory of Ukraine. The SBU explained the incident by a five-year entry ban imposed on Choma for taking part in anti-Ukrainian activities and inciting ethnic hatred.

On Jan. 18, the Polish embassy sent a note to the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine with a request to provide a full explanation of the circumstances around the ban. Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Jan Dziedziczak expressed hopes the decision will be cancelled soon, stressing no cooperation between the two states was possible without that.
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