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Russia's top diplomat hopes social networks will not yield to US pressure

November 03, 2017, 12:41 UTC+3

Lavrov noted that Russian businesspeople "will make a decision that meets the interests of their businesses and ensures non-participation in various dirty games"

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MOSCOW, November 3. /TASS/. Moscow expects representatives of social networks will not succumb to outrageous US pressure, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters at a news conference following meeting with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger.

"I hope these representatives of online media, social networks will be faithful of the ideals of a journalist, will try as hard as possible to write the truth and not yield to outrageous pressure and direct interference in the work of social networks by the US Congress, which comes up with new accusations that are not substantiated with a single specific hard fact," he said.

Commenting on the possible recommendations by the Russian Ministry of Justice to Russian companies to refrain from advertising on Twitter, Lavrov noted that Russian businesspeople "are analyzing everything and will make a decision that meets the interests of their businesses and ensures non-participation in various dirty games."

"These are recommendations. Perhaps, every company must decide for itself whether it is expedient to do that or not. Our companies will make these decisions after analyzing what is happening to Twitter, rather, what Twitter’s executives and the owners of other information resources do," the minister added.

RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan earlier said that the US authorities demanded that RT register as a foreign agent. Later on, Twitter decided to remove all advertising from the accounts of the RT TV channel and the Sputnik news agency. It explained that the decision was based on what it described as "retrospective work" it has been doing "around the 2016 US election and the US intelligence community’s claims" that "both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government."

Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov voiced regret over the fact that the company is falling victim to profound prejudice against Russian media effectively setting a precedent for unequal treatment of its clients.

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