Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Aleksey Meshkov said setting up Russian-language media channels by the EU is against the principles of free speech.
“We’ve always taken a positive position on the freedom of speech. But the EU plans for creating a kind of counter-propaganda channel can hardly correspond to the concept of freedom of speech, he said, commenting on the initiative by foreign ministers from UK, Denmark, Latvia and Estonia, TASS, the Russian government-run news agency, reported.
The reaction was thought to be in response to Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs saying the EU was considering a possibility of creating a new Russian-language TV channel.
Estonia itself has announced a new Russian-language channel under ERR, the public broadcasting company also in charge of ERR News.
Editor: J.M. Laats