Russia calls for meeting with US media, warns of ‘strict measures’

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday it was calling a meeting with US media executives in Moscow to brief them on the upcoming response to US restrictions on Russian media, Reuters reports.

“If the work of Russian media – operators and journalists – is not standardized in the United States, the strictest measures will inevitably follow,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

“To this end, on Monday, June 6, the heads of the Moscow bureaus of all American media will be invited to the press center of the Russian Foreign Ministry to explain to them the consequences of their government’s hostile line in the media sphere.” , he added. she continued. “We’re waiting impatiently.”

Claiming that Western countries have imposed unfair restrictions on their media abroad, Russian lawmakers last month passed a bill giving prosecutors the power to close foreign media offices in Moscow if a Western country fails. is shown to be “unfriendly” towards state media, Reuters reports.

According to the Washington Examiner, the European Union and the United Kingdom have taken legal action to limit access to Russian media RT since the start of the invasion.

According to the examiner, the Moscow office of the Canadian media CBC was closed after the bill was passed.

Since launching its attack on Ukraine in February, Russia has cracked down on media coverage and established 15-year prison sentences for journalists intentionally spreading ‘false’ information about its so-called ‘special military operation’. .

Eastern Russian officials secured their first conviction under the law on Monday against someone who posted videos on a social media page, the Examiner reports.

Reuters reports that the new law prompted some Western media outlets to pull out of the country.

The stated goals of Russia’s “special military operation” are to disarm and “denazify” neighboring Ukraine. Ukraine and its allies said it was just a pretext for a war that has killed thousands, forced more than 6 million people to flee and destroyed infrastructure.

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