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"Yes, it's true," said SBU press secretary Olena Gitlyanska confirming the information to an UNIAN correspondent.

Earlier today, the Apostrophe online news service published an official response of the SBU to the publication’s request, stating the entry ban against Silvio Berlusconi was imposed on September 14 for “state security considerations.”

As UNIAN reported earlier, the former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi arrived in Russian-annexed Crimea for a "private visit" on September 11 where he was welcomed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

UNIAN also learned that the Ukraine’s Prosecutor’s Office for the Autonomous Republic of Crimea initiated criminal proceedings against Yanina Pavlenko, Masandra winery CEO, on the fact of inflicted damage caused by opening of five bottles of 240-year-old Jerez de la Frontera from the company’s collection. The bottles were opened specifically for Putin and Berlusconi during their Masandra tour.