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Russian television has been banned from airing the soccer World Cup in 2018 after a ban imposed by the Kremlin last year.
The ban, which covers the World Cup, Paralympic Games and the Winter Olympics, comes just over two months after a similar ban was imposed by President Vladimir Putin.
“We will not be allowed to broadcast the World Series of the Olympic Games in Russia,” Russian President Vladimir Poroshenko told a televised news conference in Moscow.
“It is absolutely unacceptable that there should be a ban on sports broadcast in the country, in the state of our country,” he said.
“Russia is a world power and it is a superpower for many reasons.
It is a nation of many nations, many languages and culture.”
The ban came as the country is preparing for a second year of political unrest that has sparked nationwide protests.
More than 40 people were killed in demonstrations that erupted in December, when the Kremlin banned the pro-Kremlin opposition movement Pussy Riot from performing a punk protest song during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games.
A court in Russia’s southern city of Rostov has ordered that the ban on the World’s Fair and Paralympics is lifted, but the Kremlin has said it will not lift the ban immediately.
Poroshenko told reporters that he was not ready to give the order.
“I will take a decision based on the law of the land,” he told a news conference.
The president said the ban was a response to “aggressive behaviour” by the authorities.
“This is not about Russia’s good image.
It’s about the protection of our own security,” Poroshenko said.
Poroshenko also said he was considering banning the Olympics.
The country’s parliament will decide the issue at a special session in the coming days.
The ban on Russian television is the third of its kind imposed by Putin in his second term.
Earlier this year, the Kremlin issued a decree ordering all Russian state media outlets to stop covering the Winter Games.
The decree also banned a popular sport known as volleyball, which has been seen as a symbol of patriotism by many Russians, although officials in Moscow have denied the sport is anti-Russian.