MOSCOW, January 21. /TASS/. Moldova’s decision to deny entry to a number of Russian journalists is a violation of international law in the field of human rights and freedom of speech, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.
"I would like to mention a very sad and very disturbing trend. We have repeatedly pointed to the ongoing campaign against Russian journalists in Europe, we are talking about both EU member-countries and the West in general," the diplomat said.
Zakharova drew attention to the fact that on Thursday a journalist working for the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) Alexander Balitsky, LifeNews correspondent Kirill Olkov and representatives of Channel One had been denied entry to Moldova. "This is yet another confirmation of the fact that Chisinau violates international law in the field of human rights, freedom of speech and the fundamental principles of a democratic society," the diplomat said.
"However, Moldova is not alone here. We note with great regret that such actions by the authorities in some Eastern European countries are becoming alarmingly regular, the same approach is seen very often," Zakharova said.