Moscow: West banned freedom of journalism
(MENAFN) The pestering of Russian reporters in the US, Europe and Ukraine has inked “a massive scale,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed on Monday. Moscow never had intentions to take any restrictions that would affect reporting freedoms, but Washington and its associates leave Russia with no choice but to respond, the minister said to journalists in a joint press session with Venezuela’s top diplomat, Carlos Faria.
Russia wants to stop this “war on journalists,” Lavrov added, noting that the Western countries apparently cannot stop it without “losing face.” Moscow cannot just stand frivolously by given the pressure its medias are facing, particularly since the persecution has stood at a ratio “that is impossible to bear any longer,” he argued.
On the words of the minister “We initially did not want to give a mirror response that would affect journalists’ rights, but the West has buried the freedom of speech with its own hands.”
Lavrov added “It was not us who started this war,” and went on that the West “has just gone too far.”
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