Despite Macron’s crackdown on RT France, Lavrov promises to not punish French press, ‘We’re polite people’

Moscow is alarmed by the French government’s attempts to “white-list” favored media outlets and hamper public access to their competitors, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, during a visit to RT France’s HQ in Paris. Earlier on Tuesday, Lavrov’s joint press-conference with French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian was delayed for half an hour, due to the exclusion of accredited Russian journalists from Channel One, Sputnik and RT by the French Foreign Ministry. “The situation changed only when Lavrov warned that he won’t take part in the press-conference if the Russian press isn’t allowed at it,” a source in the Russian delegation told RIA Novosti. After talks with Le Drian, the Russian FM visited RT’s headquarters in the French capital. He checked out the state-of-the-art studios and workspaces, and had a brief chat with the staff. Lavrov was surprised to learn that RT France was barred not only from the Elysee Place, but from the Foreign Ministry and other French government…

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