Moscow warns of retaliation if U.S. continues pressure on Russian media


MOSCOW, Oct. 4 — Moscow may consider taking retaliatory measures
if Washington keeps the pressure on the Russian media working in the United
States, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Sunday.

“People should understand that if they create conditions under which
journalists face a physical threat, if they experience physical threats due
to their activities, the retaliatory measures would follow. It is not our
choice,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova was quoted
as saying by Russia’s Sputnik news agency.Earlier this month, the U.S.
Department of Justice asked Russia’s state-controlled broadcaster Russia
Today (RT) to register its U.S. office as a foreign agent, a move seen as
“illegitimate” by Moscow.

According to Zakharova, the U.S. authorities are also targeting Russia’s
state news agency Tass and other Russian newspapers and journalists in
addition to the RT.The spokeswoman called the U.S. campaign a “huge
mistake,” adding that Moscow had never expelled foreign journalists from
Russia by revoking their accreditation or ending their visas.Washington has
been accusing Moscow for months of interfering in the U.S. presidential
election last year, although the latter have repeatedly denied these
allegations. The RT is among the institutions suspected of working on
behalf of the Kremlin in its support of then Republican Party candidate
Donald Trump.It is widely expected that Moscow could retaliate by starting
with U.S. government-funded media outlet Voice of America which currently
also operates in Russia. – XINHUA