Twitter decision on RT & Sputnik aggressive step, retaliation to follow – Russian Foreign Ministry

Thursday, October 26, 2017
By Paul Martin
26 Oct, 2017

The move by social media company Twitter to ban two Russian news outlets from placing advertisements on the site is a “blatant violation” of international norms, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said, adding that retaliation measures are unavoidable.

“We consider this a yet another aggressive step aiming to block the activity of Russian channel RT,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement to the channel. She added that the ministry considers the move a “result of pressure from some of the US establishment and security services.”

“Retaliatory measures will naturally follow,” the official added.

Zakharova said the step was an “unprecedented attack” which prevents the Russian media from doing their job. She added the step was a “blatant violation” of both international norms and US laws providing freedom of speech.

The fact that privately-owned corporations are now involved demonstrates that “US power brokers” are after the media, the spokeswoman said.

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