Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated that Moscow would take a «mirror response» towards US media operating in Russia, when speaking at the First International Young Diplomats Forum in Sochi, Tuesday. Zakharova's statement comes in response to a US bill which seeks to force the Russian broadcaster RT to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) as a «foreign... Еще agent.»
The Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson argued that «this is not just an electoral measure» but «a purposeful policy,» which she said is aimed at «neutralising» the channel on the territory of the United States of America. She went on to say that «for the first time in many years, in decades,» Moscow is to take a «mirror response» against the US media operating in Russia.
Zakharova also noted that RT is «a real competitor» to the mainstream media, «with their egos inflated from their self-importance and permissiveness,» adding that the foreign anti-RT campaign not only «failed to dismantle the channel» but also «created additional advertising [for the channel] and the channel only benefited from this.»
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