Ukrainian Barred for 'Insulting' Putin

The Foreign Ministry started to impose entry restrictions onUkrainian politicians on Thursday in retaliation for Kiev's ban on Mayor Yury Luzhkov.

The ministry immediately banned Ukraine's first deputy justice minister, with a spokesman saying he had insulted Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

"Regarding Ukraine's decision to ban Moscow's Mayor Yury Luzhkov from entering Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Ministry reports that the Russian side has been forced to take adequate measures against those Ukrainian politicians who damage the Russian Federation by action or word," the ministry's statement said.

Earlier this month, Ukraine banned Luzhkov from the country after he called for Russia totake ownership of the BlackSea naval port of Sevastopol, which belongs to Ukraine.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said Evhen Kornichuk, deputy justice minister of Ukraine, had made an insulting statement about Putin.

"Given what he said in public we suppose that Evhen Kornichuk has no plans to travel to Russia," Nesterenko told Interfax.