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Rada speaker urges visa regime with Russia over journalist's arrest

Andriy Parubiy wants tougher sanctions on Russia.

Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy proposed on 3 September to revisit the idea of introducing a visa regime with Russia in respondce to the detention of Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko in Moscow.

"Maybe it makes sense to raise the issue of introducing a visa regime with the Russian Federation I also think we may discuss expanding sanctions against the Russian Federation," he said told a meeting of the conciliatory council of factions leaders, committees and groups of the Parliament on Monday, Parubiy said as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine.

Parubiy reminded that early in the year he has suggested a draft resolution calling on the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to terminate the agreement between the governments of Ukraine and Russia on visa-free travel of citizens of Ukraine and Russia.

Sushchenko, who works at the agency "Ukrinform" since 2002, as a correspondent in France - since 2010, was arrested on 30 September. He was on vacation and arrived in Moscow for private purposes.

Russian Federal Security Service colonel named Sushchenko, personnel officer of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine intelligence.

Special correspondent of Ukrinform news agency Roman Suschenko was detained in Moscow on September 30 on "espionage" charges.