Russia: US in «multiple» attempts to recruit Russian journalists as spies

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova condemned on Wednesday the 'severe pressure' by US intelligence agencies attempting to recruit Russian journalists as spies. Speaking during a press briefing in Moscow, Zakharova said: «These attempts are multiple and have a progressive character. It's about so-called approaches to the representatives of the Russian state as well as non-state... Еще media. They approach Russian journalists and representatives of the editorial boards of the Russian media.» Zakharova said «relevant information» will be presented to US representatives at the talks in Vienna on Thursday when Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets US Secretary of State Tillerson. She also expressed concern about the reported expansion of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) branch in Afghanistan describing it as an immediate threat to Russian national interests. Speaking on the reciprocal media sanctions imposed on US media operating in Russia, Zakharova informed that the measures would be dropped as soon as the US cancels its sanctions on Russia Today.

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