Russia tells US to focus on ensuring press freedom in the country before ‘teaching others’

Russia advised US officials on June 7 to first focus on ensuring press freedom and fair access to information in their own country before lecturing others. In a press conference on June 7, the Russian ambassador to the United States remarked that the openness of the Russian media contrasts sharply with the attitude of the American press towards the Russian leadership.

Anatoly Antonov said, “US authorities should focus on ensuring press freedom and equal access to information in their own country before reading rankings to other countries. Russian journalists deployed in the United States face harassment. on American territory. They have limited access to official events. The work visa application process is complicated. Bank accounts are locked. Intelligence agencies approach our media workers, urging them to cooperate.

He further added that all these cases confirm the “double standard” of US media resources, which are involved in promoting the interests of ruling parties rather than objectively covering events. Meanwhile, despite rising tensions between Washington and Moscow over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the United States has encouraged Russia not to close the US embassy “since the world’s two most powerful nuclear powers must continue to communicate”.

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In addition, the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday called the heads of the Moscow bureaus of US news outlets to address the implications of aggressive US actions. When America declared independence, Tsarina Catherine the Great refused to support the British Empire, paving the way for the first diplomatic meetings between the United States and St. Petersburg, Russia’s imperial seat at the time. . President Woodrow Wilson refused to recognize Vladimir Lenin’s revolutionary government after the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, and the United States Embassy was closed in 1919. Relations did not resurface until 1933.

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