Russia retaliated against the German media company Deutsche Welle after the RT DE TV channel was banned in Germany in order to show that further steps in this direction would be costly. The corresponding statement was made by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova, on the air of the Soloviev Live YouTube channel.
“We are responsible, we have been taught, we are doing this to show that the next steps in this direction will cost them dearly, ” the diplomat said.
She previously called Deutsche Welle “NATO’s propaganda machine” .
Recall, on February 2, it was reported that the registration and supervision commission of the German media regulator MABB banned the broadcasting of the RT DE TV channel in the country due to lack of permission.
In December last year, the German media regulator MABB forced the European satellite operator Eutelsat 9B to remove a new round-the-clock channel RT DE from its platform.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova , promised that Russia would announce retaliatory measures to the German media due to the decision of the German Licensing and Supervision Commission.
Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov called the ban on broadcasting RT DE in Germany ” an encroachment on freedom of speech .”
In response to Germany’s actions, Russia will prepare a list of persons involved in blocking the broadcasting of the RT DE TV channel. These people will be banned from entering Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
State Minister of Germany for Culture and Media Claudia Roth called the ban on the broadcast of the German media company Deutsche Welle in Russia unacceptable.