Putin Slams US Censorship Of Russian Media: 'The US Has No Freedom Of Speech'
Putin slams censorship by liberal US
Russian president Vladimir Putin has made a statement condemning the issues regarding recent actions of the US on Russian media like RT and Sputnik.
Putin addressed the issue on the second day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Vietnam saying that Moscow would respond in a reciprocal manner regarding the US actions on Russian media.
"It would be funny if it wasn't so sad, as Russian people say," Putin said noting in ironic tones how the US has promoted itself as champions of democracy worldwide for so long. "There's no democracy without freedom of speech. The attack on our media in the US is an attack on the freedom of speech, clearly."
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Sputnik news reports: Putin has stressed there was a lack of proof that Russian media meddled in the US 2016 presidential election campaign, adding "there cannot be such proof."
"[Russian media have put] around $100,000 in advertising, while other media, the US media, have been allocating millions for the ads. This is just incommensurable. And [Russian advertising] has been considered as dangerous, and is being interpreted as some meddling."
Russian media outlets have been under heightened pressure in the US amid a probe into Moscow's alleged meddling in 2016 presidential election. So far, the micro-blogging service Twitter has blocked ads from accounts owned by RT and Sputnik citing the interference in the US affairs. Moreover, the US Department of Justice has demanded that RT America register as a foreign agent by November 13.