The Kremlin is concerned about the tendency to restrict freedom of speech in connection with the adoption of the resolution of the European Parliament in relation to some Russian media and are going to retaliate. This was stated press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.
“Of course, of deep concern, the trend towards attacks on media, essentially limit the freedom of the media, freedom of speech. And, of course, is contrary to the common understanding of democracy, of freedom to receive information,” – said the representative of the Kremlin to journalists, answering the question whether yesterday’s discussion in the security Council of the Russian Federation the issue of informational presence of Russia abroad with the adoption of the resolution of the European Parliament (quoted by RIA “Novosti”).
He added that “disturbing is the attempt to limit the audience in some Western countries to receive alternative information in comparison with what is imputed to them as a single source of truth”.
Answering the question whether Moscow to take any steps, Peskov said: “of Course.” He explained that the “planned steps”, but they all deserve serious discussion.
European Parliament resolution, in question, was adopted on 23 November. In it, the Russian authorities have been accused of conducting propaganda through the state media to divide the EU. Information threat for the European Union, according to deputies, represent the RT, Sputnik Agency, Fund “Russian world” and the Agency under the foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation – Russia and its culture. The document also says that Russia is providing financial support to opposition political parties in the European Union.
The decision of the European Parliament had previously criticized a number of Russian politicians. So, a member of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Sergei Zheleznyak called the document “Russophobic savagery”, a member of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Igor Morozov called the actions of the European Parliament of “blasphemous and cynical”, and the representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova called the resolution “a goddamn piece of paper” and pointed to the large number of abstentions in the adoption of the document.
According to the BBC, only abstained 208 MEPs with 304 votes for and 179 against. According to the organization of independent observers VoteWatch Europe, the largest protest document called the deputies from France, Italy and Greece.
Speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin has warned the European Parliament about “bad consequences” of this decision. In his opinion, “the European Parliament has announced a crackdown on the media and questioned the freedom of speech”.
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin, commenting on the decision of the Parliament of the European Union, thanked the journalists of RT and Sputnik for productive work. However, he expressed hope that the adoption of the resolution does not significantly affect the work of the media in Western countries.