(RIA Novosti) - A former Ukrainian Foreign Minister said Monday that Russia's purported decision to blacklist Volodymyr Ohryzko is an attempt to foil his confirmation by parliament as the new Foreign Minister.

A Russian media outlet reported that Ohryzko, Ukraine's acting Foreign Minister, could be banned from entering Russia.

"When an official upholds the positions of his state in relations with the Russian Federation, that may not serve as grounds for declaring him persona non grata," Borys Tarasyuk said.

He also said the move be seen as pressure on the Ukrainian parliament when it votes on Ohryzko's candidacy as Foreign Minister.


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