: Ukrainian presidential envoy Iryna Gerashchenko suddenly banned from entering Belarus

20:32 Apr. 27, 2016

Ukrainian presidential envoy Iryna Gerashchenko suddenly banned from entering Belarus

Ukraine's  first deputy chairman of Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko during parliament session. Kyiv, Ukraine, Apr., 21st. (UNIAN photo)

Minsk is said to have listened to Russia's recommendations 

Minsk banned Ukraine's first deputy chairman of the parliament (Verkhovna Rada) Iryna Gerashchenko from entering the territory of Belarus, reported deputy chief of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration, Kostyantyn Yeliseyev.

"Yesterday, we learned that the Belarusian authorities have decided to ban Gerashchenko from entering the territory of Belarus out of considerations that the appropriate restriction had been imposed by the Russian Federation," said the deputy head.

Later Geraschenko herself confirmed her banning to enter Belarus on her personal Facebook page. After official contact with Belarus ambassador to Ukraine Valentin Velichko, says Kostyantyn Yeliseyev, Belarusian authorities issued a temporary permission letting Gerashchenko in until May 25th.

Iryna Gerashchenko is the representative of Ukraine in the sub-working group on humanitarian issues of the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas settlement. On Wednesday, April 27th, she announced her intention to seek the release of hostages by Easter at the meeting of a humanitarian subgroup in Minsk.

Read also Minsk talks result in agreement to de-mine line of contact in eastern Ukraine

In March 2016, Russia banned Gerashchenko from entering its territory until 2021 insisting she poses threat to Russia's national security.

Reported by UNIAN

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