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Lavrov blasts attempts to divide media into ‘free’ and ‘propaganda’

December 07, 15:49 UTC+3 VIENNA

The situation with the observance of rights and freedoms in the Euro-Atlantic region triggers deep concern, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said

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VIENNA, December 7. /TASS/. Moscow is deeply concerned about the situation with the observance of rights and freedoms throughout the Euro-Atlantic space, the practice of dividing media outlets into ‘free’ and ‘propaganda’ is vicious, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told an OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Vienna on Thursday.

"The situation with the observance of rights and freedoms in the Euro-Atlantic region triggers deep concern. A bad practice of dividing media into ‘free’ and ‘propaganda’ is taking shape," he said. "In France, journalists from the Sputnik news agency are denied access to news conferences, the US authorities impose major restrictions on the activity of RT television, labeling it as a foreign agent," he went on to say.

"Baltic States deliberately narrow Russian-language information space, and unfortunately OSCE institutions adhere to double standards, often keeping silent on such moves in Western and patronized by the West countries," the minister said. "They raise voice only when Russia has to retaliate," he added.

The senior Russian diplomat recalled the episode when journalists from Crimea were not allowed to tell the truth about the situation on the peninsula. "At first they were denied a visa to attend an event in Vienna organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, to which they had already been registered, and then they were banned from making a video address to the participants," he reiterated.

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