The United States accused Russia of trying to “indignate” an American correspondent in Moscow, who was summoned by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday and threatened with retaliation for US sanctions.
“The Russian Foreign Ministry has summoned your colleagues and’explained to them the consequences of the government’s hostile line in the media arena,'” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington. “.
“Let’s be clear. The Kremlin is engaged in media freedom, access to information, and a total attack on the truth,” he added, “clear and unambiguous to intimidate independent journalists.” I called it “effort.”
Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, threatened to expel Western media at the end of May if YouTube continued to block the ministry’s weekly briefings.
On Friday, she again accused Washington of “targeting oppressive Russian media” in the United States.
“They are doing everything to make the Russian media impossible to function,” she said, “as a result if they do not normalize the work of the Russian media on US territory. There will be strong measures, “he added.
She said a US media representative was “invited” to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday.
According to Price, Moscow responded a month ago to the blacklist of three Russian television channels (Pervy Kanal, Rossiia-1, NTV) as part of international sanctions in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. That is.
He accused Moscow of “false equivalence” by comparing an independent US journalist with the licensed Russian media, which he described as a “promotional weapon of the Russian government.”
“The United States continues to issue visas to qualified Russian journalists and will not revoke the status of foreign news outlets for Russian journalists working in the United States,” he said.