: Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev banned from entering Ukraine

16:19 May. 26, 2016

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev banned from entering Ukraine

Former President Of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev (Getty Images photo)

Ban imposed in interests of Ukraine's national security 

Former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev has been banned from entering Ukraine. Kyiv has found his recent statements as those that threaten Ukraine's territorial integrity. This is reported by the country's security service (SSU).

"We have prohibited Gorbachev from entering Ukraine for 5 years in the interests of our national security. And for his public support for Russian military annexation of Crimea", the message said.

Watch also: Former Soviet leaders sounds off on Ukraine crisis

Earlier Gorbachev approved the annexation of the peninsula ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"It was the right thing to do. I have always supported the free will of people, and the majority of Crimean people wanted to join Russia", Gorbachev said in an interview with British weekly newspaper The Sunday Times.

Read also: Another Russian journalist gets deported from Ukraine

Russia annexed Ukrainian peninsula Crimea in early 2014. Europe and the West have condemned the annexation and imposed economic sanctions against Moscow.

Ukraine officially declared February 20, 2014 the beginning of the Russian occupation of the peninsula.

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