At 21. October 2017, the agreement of cooperation for TV and radio broadcasting between the Russian Federation and the Ukraine from 23. October 2000 was terminated. This reported amongst others the Russian newssite TASS.
The agreement included extensive rights of distribution of Russian programs in the Ukraine, which should be carried out in Ukrainian language. On the other hand Ukrainian programs should be broadcasted in Russian language in the russian Federation. The agreement should provide “for the creation of favourable legal, organisational and economic conditions for the provision of broadcasting and distribution of programmes of Russian TV and radio broadcasting organisations in the territory of Ukraine and programmes of Ukrainian television and radio broadcasting organisations in the territory of the Russian Federation.”
The Ukrainian Government announced already in november 2016 his intention to end the agreement. A considerable number of russian programs were limited or banned from ukrainian TV and Radio in the course of the year 2016 and 2017, amongst these was the russian program Dozhd TV. Despite announced countermeasures from the Russian Federation to prevent the unilateral termination of the agreement by the Ukraine, it has eventually ended.
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