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Ukrainian MP to ask EU to ban entry for former USSR President

Ukrainian MP to ask EU to ban entry for former USSR PresidentMP from the People's Front parliamentary faction Anton Gerashchenko plans to send an inquiry to the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, asking to refuse entry into the EU to former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev.

"An inquiry is to be sent to the EU Delegation to Ukraine with the proposal that Gorbachev should be refused entry into the EU due to his position that undermines the Ukraine-Russia relations. I believe such individuals should not be welcomed in the EU," Gerashchenko said to Interfax-Ukraine.

He also said that Gorbachev would be included in Ukraine's stop lists.

"We've already got a list of individuals who call on violations of Ukraine's territorial integrity. For instance [leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) Vladimir] Zhirinovsky is there. I will also propose that the SBU [Security Service of Ukraine] include Gorbachev," Gerashchenko said.

"He is not a frequent guest to Ukraine. But we should show our position on such types of issues," he said.

Read also: Gerashchenko can't enter Russian Federation until 2021

Media earlier cited Gorbachev who told The Sunday Times that he backed Russian President Vladimir Putin's seizure of Crimea.

Gorbachev particularly said he would have acted the same way as Putin if he had found himself in a similar situation. "I'm always with the free will of the people and most in Crimea wanted to be reunited with Russia," the last Soviet leader said.
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