Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Gérard Depardieu banned from entering Ukraine – FranceTV info

with Culturebox (with AFP)

Updated 29 / at 3:21 p.m. 07/2015, issued on 29.07.2015 at 3:18 p.m.

Gérard Depardieu will not enter Ukraine for five years, said the country’s security. A ban likely related to statements of the French actor, that Ukraine is “part of Russia”.

He became a Russian citizen there are more than two years by order of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Gerard Depardieu is banned from entering Ukraine “for five years on request of the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture, “said Olena Guitlianska, spokeswoman of the Ukrainian security service, the SBU.
Although the spokesman did not give further details, several media considered Tuesday that the request of the Ukrainian Ministry have been motivated by some pro-Russian statements of the actor.

Statements that irritate Ukrainians

In August 2014, when fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian soldiers raged in eastern Ukraine, Gerard Depardieu and had questioned the sovereignty of Ukraine, stating: “I love Russia and Ukraine, which is part of Russia.”

Gerard Depardieu had also defended Russia in September 2014, declaring himself “very proud” of Serbia who had refused to join the European sanctions against Moscow for his role in the Ukrainian conflict.

Depardieu says not to understand the conflict

When asked in May in Cannes, on the situation in Ukraine, the French actor had however said not to understand the Ukrainian situation. “I do not like war, I do not like conflict, because it’s dead,” he said.
Relations between Ukraine and Russia are at their lowest after the annexation by Moscow of Ukrainian Crimean peninsula in March 2014, followed by the pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine that Kiev and Westerners accuse the Kremlin support. The conflict between the two countries has more than 6,500 deaths in fifteen months.

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