Russia summons US media chiefs, warns of ‘strict measures’

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it was summoning US media chiefs to Moscow for a meeting on Monday to brief them on tough measures in response to US restrictions on Russian media.

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

“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 added. “We’re waiting impatiently.”

Russia has accused Western countries of imposing unfair restrictions on its media abroad, including banning some state-backed news outlets. Lawmakers passed a bill last month giving prosecutors the power to close foreign media offices in Moscow if a Western country has been “unfriendly” toward Russian media.

Since invading Ukraine in February, Russia has clamped down on media coverage of the conflict, introducing 15-year prison sentences for journalists intentionally spreading “false” information about what it calls its “military operation”. special” in Ukraine.

The law prompted some Western media outlets to withdraw their journalists from Russia. Other Western organizations, including Reuters, remained in the country and continue to report.

Russia says it is engaged in a “special military operation” to disarm and “denazify” its neighbor. Ukraine and its allies call it a baseless pretext for a war that has killed thousands, destroyed cities and forced more than 6 million people to flee abroad.

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